An uncommon object. What is it?

Challenge #14 in the Voter awareness.... series. Hosted by barb_s.
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Have you ever been invited to a party where you brought something uncommon that guests examine and guess what it is? Show that kind of object, the whole object, not a closeup macro. Plan your photo as if you were creating a still life. Lighting and composition are important. This challenge is not a snapshot guessing game. It's about a well executed photograph.
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Fire pull station
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Internal workings of a 1924 Gamewell fire alarm box. These boxes were situated at street corners and when activated by a citizen would alert the fire department of a possible fire.
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Submitted: Thursday, 2nd February, 2012 00:57 (GMT)
Taken: Wednesday, 1st February, 2012
Focal length: 30 mm
Shutter speed: 1/60 sec
Aperture: F8
ISO: 200
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