Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Relic of the Past

Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY

Until I saw this on our photowalk around Red Hook, I had forgotten all about these things.  There were a number of these "Call Boxes" rusting away on the streets, long since replaced with more modern ways to call for a fire engine or an emergency vehicle.   I'm sure in some communities they must still use something like this, or a more recent version.  This antique call box has long since been disconnected, but still serves a useful purpose.  One can find useful information in some of the handbills that are found on these boxes.  Local "street artists" practice their skills on these, although I'm not sure how much skill is involved in the stencil of the "little dictator" shown below.  

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