Friday, June 12, 2009

New York City Fire Department

Today we finish up our look at old Fire Engines. Today's picture was taken in about 1915 in New York City. This is one of the last horse drawn fire engines, on one of its last runs. You can see the new motorized fire engine in the background. The end of an era.

9 comments:

  1. I wonderful series, especially for a horse/mule lover. Thank you.

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  2. these animals are the most regal looking of them all!!!!
    beautiful!!!

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  3. I second Rebecca's comment. Thanks.

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  4. Agree with Rebecca2 and Anon.

    I really like the steam engines
    that drive the pumps, beautiful pieces of machinery.

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  5. Great topic this week and a nice action photo today. I love to see horses in their historical context. There are working types in the old photos that we don't see today. I could write many paragraphs about that but should put it on my own blog instead.... :-)

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  6. I have really enjoyed this series too! I'm looking forward to what you spring on us next. I don't suppose you have photos of steam driven farm equipment or those old belt drive engines? Those are really awesome to see in action! They were in use on my family's farm up until about the 1940s because they were so reliable.

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  7. Here is a link to a picture of an electric fire engine in Hartford c. 1915:
    http://www.cthistoryonline.org/cdm-cho/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/cho&CISOPTR=4012&CISOBOX=1&REC=7

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  8. During a walk with my elderly mother a horse drawn carriage with a team of four clipped clopped by. Kids playing in the local park stopped to watch it. Mother gave a little giggle and said "When I was thier age and a motor car drove by we would all rush out to watch it go past and now its the other way round!"

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  9. I agree with all of the above comments. This was a delightful series of photographs, and the horses were definitely the highlight.

    Thanks, PJM.

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