Emergency Signal Utrecht back on
The exterior lighting on the façade of Lessepsstraat 48 in Utrecht, spelling out BRANDSEIN, is back on. This former dairy shop of Mijndert and Aafje Vossenstein bore a similar sign in the 1920's, indicating that the property was equipped with an emergency telephone.
Up until WW2, few people had a telephone and there were only a few public telephones people could use to quickly notify the fire department or other emergency services. For this reason, shops that had a telephone were outfitted with a light that spelled out BRANDSEIN. After sunset, the light would be turned on to make it easy to spot houses that had a telephone inside.
The replica by DE NOOD, based on an old photograph, will also be lit in the evenings. In addition to this special emergency signal, DE NOOD also supplied the custom made wall mount.