Saturday, January 13, 2018

Keystone No. 251 Fire Department

Here's the last of the three known keystone Fire Stations/Fire Departments, the No. 251 from ca1950. My source claims all three stations came out about the same time but I find that unusual. This is a more modern looking structure. The doors on this one are lever activated vs. the dowel-&-string arrangement of the the previous two with the actuating lever on the outside front of the building. That alone make me believe that this station came out later than 1950. There is a water tank inside that fills from the top but has no outlet from the bottom, but apparently feeds the water hydrant placed on the sidewalk just in front of the tank. As my sample is incomplete I would need to see photos of how this feature looked when properly set up and how it worked. The siren mechanism is housed inside the building (and works great on my sample BTW) but is activated by a wire lever sticking out of the 'SIREN ALARM" standing on the sidewalk out front. The base measures 17 3/4" (45.08cm) W x 10" (25.40cm) D. The building measures 17" (43.18cm) W x 7 1/4" (18.41cm) D. It is 8" (20.32cm) H overall. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

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