Tuesday, January 10, 2012

One Hundred Years of Keeping Things Safe


The Farmers Savings Bank building in a 42N small town remains guarded by a silent sentry. Built a hundred years ago, the one story brick building, now empty, features an outdoor burglar alarm from the O.B. McClintock Company. While these boxes now sell from $300 - $700 to collectors the real value is in the alarm's upper design.

Note the row of vertical strips below the arch. There are twelve strips each side of the arch apex. I take that to represent the hours of the day. The pointed design below the strips looks to be stylized oak leaves which denote strength and security. Together the symbols made of now weathered copper suggest bank safety 24 hours a day. Must be something to that. This building and sign are still standing after a century. How alarming. Know that.