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Title: On The Platform
Post by: entropychaser on January 06, 2019, 04:53:25 PM
Bronx CO Fall 1967
(https://i.postimg.cc/RqgBg80j/001.png) (https://postimg.cc/RqgBg80j)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fV9QTRvN/002.png) (https://postimg.cc/fV9QTRvN)

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Title: Re: On The Platform
Post by: entropychaser on January 16, 2019, 01:40:00 PM
I believe the dispatcher in the photo is Abe Silberberg. He was working in the Manhattan CO when the great blackout in the Northeastern United States happened.
Title: Re: On The Platform
Post by: BoroCall on January 18, 2019, 12:40:32 AM
Bronx CO Fall 1967
(https://i.postimg.cc/RqgBg80j/001.png) (https://postimg.cc/RqgBg80j)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fV9QTRvN/002.png) (https://postimg.cc/fV9QTRvN)

(https://i.postimg.cc/JyCVyCTB/003.png) (https://postimg.cc/JyCVyCTB)

That center pic.- the good old Card file?
Title: Re: On The Platform
Post by: STAjo on January 18, 2019, 07:23:00 AM

 Wow !  :o Ancient Technology. [and the whole operation ran more smoothly than
  it does Now.]   ;)
Title: Re: On The Platform
Post by: entropychaser on January 20, 2019, 03:45:13 PM
The picture does indeed show the bin containing the running assignment cards for the Bronx. It also may have contained cards for Upper Manhattan boxes. There was a Manhattan-Bronx Interborough telegraph circuit. You would have to ask one of the oldtimers if the Bronx dispatcher could transmit a signal on the Manhattan primary and secondary alarm circuits and vice versa. Remember, Manhattan and the Bronx shared the same borough preliminary signal (6-6) and had no overlapping fire alarm box numbers.
Title: Re: On The Platform
Post by: nfd2004 on January 20, 2019, 09:00:40 PM
The picture does indeed show the bin containing the running assignment cards for the Bronx. It also may have contained cards for Upper Manhattan boxes. There was a Manhattan-Bronx Interborough telegraph circuit. You would have to ask one of the oldtimers if the Bronx dispatcher could transmit a signal on the Manhattan primary and secondary alarm circuits and vice versa. Remember, Manhattan and the Bronx shared the same borough preliminary signal (6-6) and had no overlapping fire alarm box numbers.

 At one time Manhattan and the Bronx shared the same radio frequency, 154.25 MHz, before the Bronx went on with Staten Island, 154.19 mhz.
Title: Re: On The Platform
Post by: entropychaser on January 21, 2019, 09:41:01 AM
If you look over the dispatcher's left arm, you'll see a rectangular case containing multiple buttons (replacing Morse telegraph keys) to acknowledge in service taps (2-3) from the firehouse. Above that is a telegraph register and take-up reel which appears original issue(1910-1920). To the right is a borough radio microphone, a telephone probably purchased by Mayor LaGuardia, and an early iteration of a borough status board.....of course unused.