Actually, I do other stuff just like all of you. And one of things I do is hunt down antique fire equipment to oh and ah over.
Some years ago, I even wrote about those amazing machines from our past. That was the first $100 from my pen, and I would have paid the magazine to print my article I was so excited to create it. Here are the opening pages.
The images in my article were all original photos from those early days. The main page photo was of the Hunter Street Fire Station in Stockton, CA. The fire fighters were testing the Button Hand Pumper.
Below are some photos I took at the Pioneer Memorial Museum in San Francisco and at Columbia State Park in northern California. You can see how colorful these beauties were.
|Protection Company Engine, 1849. One S.F.'s first fire engines.|
|The Papeete cost $1800. It arrived in Columbia, CA in 1859.|
|Another Protection Company Engine, 1849.|
I have tons to say about early fire departments. Their development and the history of our country are so entwined that if you know what was happening around the fire house, you know a lot about the those early years in the U.S.
If you're on my Special Offers Newsletter, I'll be sending you a link to my article. Hope you enjoy.
Quote of the Week: "There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it." Dostoyevsky
Have you seen a hand pumper, especially one in action? Next week I'll show you some at a Muster.