Street Furniture and the Church of Gott

Does anyone know what this piece of street furniture is? A cellphone has been artfully balanced on top of it to provide scale.

Street_furniture

Can this be a set of now-abandoned undeground tubes and pipes that once carried both "fire" and telegraph cables? Sounds just right for a climactic spy-film shootout, but I guess you’d need some really thin spies.

On another note, it seems the spirit of former Texas Governor Miriam "Ma" Ferguson ("If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it ought to be good enough for the children of Texas") is alive and well in Germany:

Bible_kirche_duesseldorf

2 thoughts on “Street Furniture and the Church of Gott

  1. It’s a fire alarm. In case of fire one could press a button to alarm the fire brigade, where they had huge displays with hundreds of lights for the various ‘hot’spots. Abuse was under penalty of law – but common. I can’t see it from the picture, but that one probably has a lock. Later versions of the fire alarm were to be opened with a square socket key (I remember them from the 70’s and 80’s) and were administerd by the people working there.

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