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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Vaudeville News: 1927

Vaudeville News: 1927

Washington, D.C., 1927. "Julia Emerson." Whose business seems to have been show business. Which, as everyone knows, is like no business. View full size.

 

Clarity from "Jeeper"

It's called a sprinkler system and it is definitely not a deluge system. Deluge systems are used in ammunition factories etc. where all the sprinklers go off at once. In houses,stores etc, only one goes off and if that doesn't control the fire, the heat will melt the link in the next sprinkler. Over 90% of fires are controlled by only 1 sprinkler.

Fire System

The fire extinguisher system is an automatic system. The pipe is pressurized with water, and if fire melts a small meltable link in the spray nozzle, water will come out of the spray nozzle(s). This type of Deluge system is still widely used today. The loop in the lamp cord is used to raise or lower the lamp, depending on the loop size.

re: Show business

Everything about it is appealing.

How nice it must have been

to have had a sink and a paper towel dispenser right in the office room!!!

Interesting picture

A few questions for those in the know. Is that a fire extinguishing system along the pipe in the top of the picture? Also, the noose in the wire in the back: is that how they would raise and lower the lamp?

 
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