Although "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" was one of the top tunes of 1933, IBM did not have those song lyrics in mind when it marketed in the catalog shown below a complete line of fire alarm equipment for industrial and institutional facilities.

Fire alarm systems

Fire alarm systems

Fire alarm systems

Among the IBM fire alarm equipment were the 4200-2, 4205-2 and 4210-1 control panels; 4245-1 and 4248-1 control cabinets; 4250-1 break glass stations; 4260-1 and 4270-1 flush code stations, and signals, such as the 4025-8 single stroke bell and 4030-1 non-contact horn.

Prices for IBM fire alarm control cabinets in the 1930s ranged from $96 to $384, depending on the cabinet's size and number of circuits, and customers could order individual fire alarm stations at prices varying from $6.00 up to $31.20.

All of the latest engineering features of the time were incorporated into these systems. For example, IBM's 4250 break glass station required no lever or hammer to break the glass. Instead, all that was necessary to activate an alarm was a slight blow with the hand on a metal push plate, thus eliminating the danger of injuries from shattered glass.


4 of 5 pages | Previous | Next