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Object Name: Miniature fire box
Date: 1930-1940
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Medium: Wood, metal
Dimensions: Overall: 4 1/4 x 1 x 3/4 in. ( 10.8 x 2.5 x 1.9 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Miniature wooden fire box painted red with a metal door and a finial at the top.
Credit Line: Gift of Nancy Wintner
Object Number: 2000.900
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This miniature fire box was made by the donor's father, Louis Wintner (1873-1969), a New York City engineer. Mr. Wintner grew up in Brooklyn, studied at the Pratt Institute and began working for General Incandescent Arc Light Company (now General Electric) around 1893. He helped design the first electric traffic light in New York. This miniature represents the intersection of Mr. Wintner's career as an engineer and his favorite hobby, woodworking.