Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Horse-Drawn Firetruck



This is a picture from around 1915 of a horse-drawn firetruck. It looks like these beautiful horses love to run. It is interesting that they were still using horses at this time. Notice the automobile in the background . . . I wonder why they had not switched over to some type of motor-driven truck.

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  1. Horses were probably faster. My grandfather got a speeding ticket in Baltimore about this time - for going 8 mph.

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    1. Thank you for my first laugh of the day!

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  2. They may well had motorized fire trucks, but that looks like a specialized piece of equipment . Something they didn't use much, so they just used horses instead of another truck.
    But I think they would have called it a fire wagon instead of a fire truck (no motor), but I could be wrong

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  3. I like how there is a man just entering his car on the other side of the street.

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  4. Probably a reliability issue, horses were always ready to go.

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    1. Not really. Horses had to be taken from their stalls or stable, and harnessed. All traces untangled and double checked. I would think trained horses and men would still need 10 minutes before leaving the station.

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    2. In a city location, I think that the horses would have been kept at the ready...with harnesses already on.

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  5. Neat photo.

    I recently discussed equine transportation (again) on my blog and uploaded a photo of the last New York horse powered fire company in action. Pretty dramatic photograph. For those interested it's in the set here: http://lexanteinternet.blogspot.com/2014/11/horsepower.html

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