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May 5, 2021

Fire Box Traps Pranksters, 1938

This is an awesome idea! The sending of false fire alarms by mischievous persons may be eliminated through use of a newly developed call box in 1938.

Demonstrated above is a new fire signal box that locks the hand of alarm sender until released by a policemen or fireman with a key, thus deterring the sending of false alarms.

To use the device, the sender of an alarm must pass a hand through a special compartment to reach the signal dial. Once the dial has been turned, the sender’s hand is locked in the compartment until released by a fireman or policeman with a special key.

Despite its ingenuity, the Fire Box Trap was not, alas, a commercial success. Perhaps someone should have sounded the alarm on this idea before it made it off the drawing board.




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