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Distill of the Day: 1905

Distill of the Day: 1905

Walkerville, Ontario, circa 1905. "General offices, Hiram Walker & Sons." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Hydrants remain unchanged

Storz connectors are exactly that -- connectors. No changes are made to the hydrant in order to use them. Storz connectors are simply an optional adapter coupling added to an existing hydrant. The hydrant itself remains unchanged.

Not quite perfected

About the "Perfected Technology" of fire hydrants noted by Carey, that is not quite true. Many localities (and many nations) have adapted a different type of hose connection called a Storz connection which is "widely viewed as a safer alternative to threaded couplings". It is much quicker, taking only a quarter turn to complete the connection and it is "sexless" in that all the ends are the same, not the typical male and female of threaded connection. Adapters for the old threaded connections on the hydrants are available. They also require a spanner wrench to remove the cap making them a bit more vandal proof.

Perfected Technology

There aren't many things one can name that haven't changed at least slightly in the last 110 years but it seems fire hydrants are one. A modern fire truck could connect to and pump from that hydrant today, and the firefighter making the connection wouldn't even notice anything was different.

Is that a Baker I spy?

Old 1757 in the distance looks to be a Baker Electric.

Pretty much the same

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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