Monday, October 23, 2006

Bubblegum And Blueberries

Bubblegum pink and blueberry blue.
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"An optimist is a driver who thinks that empty space at the curb won't have a hydrant beside it." ~ Jules Renard (French Writer, 1864-1910)
This "shocking pink" hydrant is inside the fenced compound of a Jack Rabbit storage unit. Yes, the same unit where most of my life remains in boxes. I guess, since this is on private property, they may paint it any color they wish. Can't say I've ever seen one this color though. A few months later I noticed that someone had rethought this..........

I think the red is a little bit better than the pink, but someone is going to have to do something with that blue. And now for the informational portions of this post...

This hydrant was manufactured by the Mueller company of Albertville, Alabama. The "Centurion" model designation refers to those made between 1975 and 1987. These have either "S.R." or "A.S.R." cast on the top of the bonnet rim. This is the model currently in production.

Mueller Company was formed in Decatur, Illinois in 1857. (This is only about 30 miles from my dad's home turf) Mueller made a wide variety of products but it was 1933, when they bought Columbia Iron Works, before hydrants became a part of their product line. Columbian Iron Works manufactured fire hydrants beginning in 1908 and was located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1975, the fire hydrant plant was moved from Chattanooga, TN to a new facility Albertville, AL.

Other fire hydrant posts include Fire Hydrants ~ One and A Splash of Blue. (end of post)

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