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Object ID 1990.88.1
Object Name Recorder, Train Event
Collection Object/Artifact Collection
Date ca. 1905
Description Event Recorder from the Emergency Power Control Center. Event recorders were used in the subway's electric power system until the mid 1980s. When an alarm was activated, this recorder would document the location of the alarm using a coded punch card system, and send an alert to the Emergency Power Control Center. These devices were also used by fire departments to monitor fire alarms.
Brass rectangular case mounted to metal base; paper tag with inscriptions on base front; case with cut glass front and top reveling internal mechanical components and paper feed mechanism; left side of case with brass lever with a small wooden knob at top; function of lever is unknown; right side of case with armature that supports the paper tape wheel which is suspended above the case top. Manufacturer's logo and inscriptions engraved onto right side of the case.
Manufacturer Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegraph Co.
Maker Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegraph Co.
Maker's Role Manufacturer
Place of Origin Newton, MA
Dimension Details 1 ft. 5 in. OH x 5 1/2-in. OW x 11-in. OD
Material Brass/Glass/Paper
People/Corporations Gamewell
Subjects Subways--New York (State)--New York
Subways--Electric equipment--New York (State)--New York.
Alarm, Fire
Electrical apparatus
Search Terms Event Recorder
Number of images 6.0