What do you think that flag is, as well as what's on top of this weird tower? What else?
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In the street center to the right of the "Blackstone Cigar" ad sits a round kibosh with a ball on top. could it be Mercury and electricity?How the rise of electricity transformed urban life in Detroit
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this seems odd to run this tower so high up (and with lights on the top???). i guess they wanted to go high so that they could run the wires down to the buildings? hmpf.
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City Lights: Austin’s Historic Moonlight Towers
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Austin’s moonlight towers have long been a distinctive part of the city’s landscape, their lights casting a gentle glow on the streets 150 feet below. Though Austin’s fifteen surviving towers are now the last of their kind, this form of street lighting was once common across the United States. Many cities erected tower lights in the 1880s and 1890s, and Austin’s system was modeled closely on Detroit’s, then the most extensive in the world.
The first practical source of electric light was essentially a sustained spark, or arc, between two carbon rods. Though highly efficient, such arc lights had a serious drawback: their glare was too intense to be endured at close range, yet there was no way to make the arc smaller without extinguishing it altogether. The carbon rods also burned down quickly; those in the first arc lights lasted just an hour or two before they had to be replaced, though later models could last through the night.
Different flag, same corner, photo undated, but it's the US flag.
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Is it just some weird proprietary/business flag?
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The flag issue is somewhat muddled as of now. Company, charity, school, city, state, country, military? We will get to the bottom of that sooner rather later.
Interesting lighting here in this modern photo. I don't know if this could be related, but I have been noticing these lately around many buildings, which apparently were built in the 50s.
its the same tower as in the OP! just looking across from over the road to the rightThanks to the link in this thread Detroit Publishing Co 19xx photos. Extra high resalution!
here's a superb shot of a moonlight tower: Link
i'm pretty sure that's how they still raise those huge telecoms masts!! [edit- definitely still practised!]
It is only within quite recent times that the question of utilizing the sun's rays for the purpose of the prevention or cure of disease, or other objects of health, has been seriously considered and practically applied. Like most of the greatest things in life, the very simplicity and obviousness of the method – at any rate the principle of it – seems to have concealed the secret. It is the obvious thing that invariably escapes our notice. In our moments of idealism we talk of ‘hitching our wagon to a star’. May we not, in a more prosaic and material spirit, harness our bodies to the Sun? 1
(Edward J. Deck, 1926)
The fountain in my avatar might be similar to what you describe, but is one-piece solid stone, impeccably 'carved' with no errors, chips or anything. Not too shabby for 'early 20th century' construction. Anyway, it's found in a park in the city of Melbourne, Australia. And not unexpectedly they've put a metal drinking tap in the centre of it, connected to the city's water main. I wonder if it was even a fountain initially.Growing up in the sixties there were still cast iron and brass 'public drinking fountains' in use in various parts of the town I grew up in including the public park. They were connected to the water main, the two survivors probably still are but like anything else useful and free of charge, like public toilets, they have been put beyond use/closed down.
So my money would be on the pyramid fountain being similarly piped.
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