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Next to the bell are traces of paper from a typewritten list with the number of rings assigned to each tenant. See notes on doorbells in "Doorbells on an apartment door." 2007.
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When: 2002

Where: At the entrance to a large communal apartment which is home to more than 20 people, in a prestigious neighborhood in the historic center of St. Petersburg.

What: Around the doorbells one can still see bits of paper indicating how many times to ring for each resident. This is for the so-called "common" doorbell.

This type of system is often combined with separate bells for certain residents. Next to such private doorbells there is usually a note indicating whose it is. In some cases it is assumed that potential guests know this already (see other doorbells on the door of this same apartment).

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