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"2066--The Midnight Fire Alarm, New York" with fire engine drawn by three horses, post card with undivided back mailed 1907, much corner & edge wear, 2 corner creases. Published by the Souvenir Post Card Company. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 fhn(n)
"2101 -- Services des SAPEURS-POMPIERS de la Ville de Paris. Voiture Electrique. ND. Phot." showing a side view of an electric fire engine with ladder & 6 crew aboard, black & white carte postale, unused, good edges. $18.00 ff(p)
"2109 Services des SAPEURS-POMPIERS de la Ville de Paris. / Voiture Automobile pour le Service de l-Etat-Major. -- ND. Phot." a side view with 2 men aboard; unused black & white carte postale, light toning on back probably from overinking in the production process. A staff vehicle for their fire department. Rare. $25.00 ff(p)
"2295 - Fireboat 'David Scannell,' San Francisco, California" in a demonstration of its capabilities, post card published by Edward H. Mitchell, legible writing on the back, small bottom corner crease, other corner wear is minor. This boat was commissioned in 1909 to honor of a deceased former Chief Engineer of their Fire Department who served during several important years of their early history. $6.00 fcmg
"6731-- / Chemical / Fire Engine / Horses. / Wheeling / W. Va. // SOUVENIR POST CARD CO., NEW YORK" undivided back postcard mailed 1905, 2 small corner creases neither into the image, stamp corner folded in before cancel. Seldom offered; seldom seen. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 fw(w)h
"85.--PORTALS OF THE PAST, GOLDEN GATE PARK, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA" explained on back as fire remains, colorful linen postcard, unused. $1.50
"994--PORTALS OF THE PAST, GOLDEN GATE PARK, / SAN FRANCISCO...a memento of the great San Francisco fire of 1906. The Portals are all that remained standing of one of Nob Hill's magnificent mansions." Unused chrome post card. (2 available) $1.00 each
"A 4-11 FIRE ALARM, CHICAGO." signed art (looks like A. Fleury) depicting a horse-drawn fire engine racing towards a nearby blaze, postcard from V. O. Hammon (their number 518 on back), used there 1908, extensive toning on back, sender's message in the sky (permitted then) disparages the city. We doubt this postcard got much use or further printing; it was just too hard to read messages against the almost-all-dark colors. $10.00 fhi
Approximately 4"x5.5" photograph of several (2 prominent) steam fire-fighting apparatuses parked at a fire with hoses deployed, small upper corner crease not into the image, stress marks from the upper edge also not into the image, oxidation suggests a circa 1915 date. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 f#
"Aquarium in Battery Park and New York Harbor" showing the fire boat dock, postcard in color, American Art Publishing, unused. $2.25
"Asheville, N. C., The Kenilworth Inn" before it was complete destroyed by fire in April 1909, color post card made in Germany, published by Hackney & Moale Company, mailed 1905, light toning on front mostly in the borders, tiny upper corner crease, one back corner toned. $6.00 nf
Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard showing a fire engine on parade, fully loaded with firemen, 3 white horses pulling it at speed past admiring spectators; unused, mild oxidation consistent with age, a little wear along the top edge. $15.00 fh
"Bank After Fire" Cyko real photo postcard, very similar caption writing to the Hotel Rockwell card of 1909 below. unused. $5.00
"Boston Fire Department in Action, / at Chelsea, Mass. April 12th, 1908." Very colorful postcard, unused, much corner & edge wear. $6.00
"BUILT BY / James Boyd & Bro. / INC. / PHILADELPHIA // COMBINATION CHEMICAL ENGINE & HOSE MOTOR CAR" with a close-up side view in sepia-tones; unused ROTOX real photo advertising postcard with excellent focus & contrast, light toning over most of the back, a little light toning in the front borders. This firm, successors to James Boyd & Sons of Boston, built fire apparatus exclusively at 25th & Wharton Streets. Their advertising slogan was: "Others may build more, but we build the best." In April 1915 such a vehicle by this manufacturer was sold to Williamsport Pennsylvania for $4985. $170.00 fp(p)ga
"BUILT IN CINCINNATI ' Continental' // The Ahrens - Fox / Fire Engine Co.'" sepia-tone advertising post card with divided back printed by Feicke-Desch, mailed at Cincinnati in 1911, one bottom corner with faint but multiple creases nowhere near the image, otherwise attractive. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00
"Burning Cane before Harvest" in Hawaii, unused chrome postcard. $1.00
"Burning Sugar Cane" in Hawaii, unused chrome post card. $1.00
"Chemical Engine House No. 2, Randle Highlands, D. C." including the firemen seated out front, sepia-tone postcard on yellowish paper from Randle Highlands Drug Store, trivial edge wear most easily seen from back, a few tiny spots of light toning both sides, back printing skewed just a bit. $18.00 df
"CHEMICAL ENGINE No 2 / BELLAIRE FIRE DEP'T. / 182345 Bellaire, Ohio" with 2 horses pulling specialized equipment manufactured by Merryweather & Sons 1902 - 1914. The top fitting behind the drivers carried a lead bottle of sulfuric acid (punctured by turning a handle at the rear), which reacted with a water/bicarbonate solution in the lower rear copper cylinder causing carbon dioxide gas to expel the liquid at high pressure. For communities that could afford such specialization, fire fighters could provide near-instant response on arrival at a fire scene, whilst other engines were delayed getting their connections to a hydrant. There is a long horizontal crease which will not occupy your attention for long; the back is toned; the corners are rounded; the cancel is indistinct, but the message is dated January 22 1910. We are told the man holding the reins is Jacob Roy McMillen. Another example of this postcard is in the book 'Images of America / Bellaire' by Holly Bruno and Andrew Ehritz. Another is in a museum. Under high magnification a curved BELLAIRE OHIO is over the right front wagon wheel. Definitely an uncommon postcard. $25.00 fho(b)
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"Cincinnati / Fire Department / Headquarters. / Home of Fire Company No. 3,..." with 3 horse-drawn wagons, monochromatic dark blue post card, mailed there 1907, corner crease, mild edge & corner faults. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 foh
"City Hall and Fire Dept., Clifton Forge, Va. 9B78-N" showing their exteriors, unused white-border era postcard distributed by Barr-Topham Company, fairly fresh both sides. The firehouse door is open but the equipment is gone. $3.75 vf
"Civil Defence / Heritage Gallery" showing the exterior of the oldest still-standing fire station in Singapore, unused continental post card, near mint condition. (3 available) $1.25 each. sf
"COPYRIGHT 1904 ILL POST CARD CO. NY / New York Fire Boat in Action. 96-56" color post card mailed there 1910 to Ohio, 2 corner creases, mild corner wear & rounding, internal crease at top. The boat involved is the New Yorker. $7.50 f*
1907 BY / ED. J. RODGERS, / PORT HURON, MICH // Parental Home of Thos. A.
Edison, Gratiot Ave., Port Huron, Mich. / Burned Jan 11, 1897" unused
monochromatic blue postcard with unevenly divided back, mild corner
rounding, lightly toned near edges of both sides. Hard to find.
"COPYRIGHT-FINCH 4" dramatic firefighting scene in progress, shown from a high vantage point, with steam & smoke billowing in the air, spectators gathered around; unused AZO (triangles up) real photo postcard with excellent contrast & detail. The N in FINCH is reversed & the old autos in the distance suggest a circa 1910 date. Finch photographed in Fremont Ohio & "THE FREMONT..." is legible in the sign at the lower right foreground. Four 'SPRING MAID ' posters are on the storefront at the lower left foreground. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 fo#
"CRAZY HORSE PAGEANT / Hot Springs, S. Dak." with a Sioux teepee ablaze prominently, unused chrome postcard. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 fsi
"CUARTEL DE BAMBA, CRISTOBAL, ZONA DEL CANAL / FIRE STATION, CRISTOBAL, CANAL ZONE No. 367" with manned horse-drawn wagons & fire chief's auto displayed in front of their building, postcard sent TCV to Illinois FEB 4 1931 (light but complete Balboa Heights cancel ties 1-c Gorgas stamp), minor corner wear including one faint crease. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 cf-cf
"Cunard RMS Lucania" name showing plainly on the box, art on divided back post card of British manufacture, mailed 1905 in the US where the writing on the front was still permitted, a little corner & edge wear, small tear in the top edge closes very nicely, a little toning both sides from cancel ink. Damaged by fire 14 August 1909 while docked at Liverpool England, she never sailed again. $12.00 s(c)s(o)f
"Das schaurige Schauspiel des Brandes im Zwielicht des Tages / Originalaufnahme" annotated on back 'LZ Hindenburg Lakehurst in brant 6.5.37' with a violet handstamp that is partially indistinct due to under-inking and a small scrape to the back surface. Rough translations: "The eerie spectacle of the fire in the twilight of day" & 'Hindenburg at Lakehurst on fire June 5 1937". Size 3-1/2"x4-3/8", rough edges as issued, glossy finish, light spotty toning on front, album residue on back obscures nothing. Rare: we found no other offered or exhibited when we searched the Internet. SALE IN PROGRESS zfdn(l)
"Die letzte Mann des grossen Olympia-Fackelstaffelluafes trägt den Feuerbrand zur Opferschale" Sammelwerk Nr. 14 / OLYMPIA 1936 -- Band II / Bild Nr. 19 Gruppe 61, real photo Olympic souvenir card (no postcard back, slightly smaller than a regular postcard) with much pertinent information on back. Rough translation: "The last man of the long Olympic torch relay carries the fire to the bowl." $5.00 of
"FIGHTING FLAMES, DREAMLAND" with the front entrance of the large building where that spectacle was viewed; black & white post card with undivided back mailed 1904, two 1/4" tears close well, upper corners creased, front toned unevenly, internal crease near top right front edge, as is. The Coney Island show allowed viewers to witness firemen fighting a tenement blaze, with tenants jumping from the windows--all in make-believe, of course--one of the most bizarre spectacles ever created for amusement park purposes. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 afn(c)
"Fire Boat in Action. New York. 745" color postcard, printed in Germany, unused. $6.00
"Fire Department Abilene Ks" with 2 horses drawing their wagon, sepia-tone real photo post card. Now only available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $3.00 kf
"Fire Dept Union City IND" including 2 horses & 3 firefighters, monochromatic blue post card sent by one of the firemen shown (named Thurman, x on hand in image), mailed early 1908 from there, unfortunate tape thinning to the top center of the card (causes a small indent that is hard to notice at first from the front). Hard to find in any condition. $22.50 fhi
"FIRE ENGINE AT WORK, NEW YORK" with caption taken from back, showing a crowd gathered around the back end of a horse-drawn fire engine with hose deployed, partial '..ine & ..ohan / Tailor' sign in the background; color postcard mailed DEC 4 1910, dark toning in the front message area, light toning on back, minor wear to all corners. $15.00 fhn
"Fire Engine Bridgeport Ill" a wagon pulled by two horses, standing outside the J. C. Whittaker dry goods store, a dentist sign in the distance; sepia-tone real photo. Postcard sold, now only available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $3.00 igh
"Fire Engine in action, New York" with horse-drawn equipment on a narrow street, "STORE TO LET' sign at left, horse & buggy at the right; post card published by Valentine & Sons, mailed 1911 from Long Island City NY, minor corner wear, vertical crease through center is surprisingly not too conspicuous. $8.00 fn(n)
"Fire Insurance / New York / Underwriting / Agency // Copyright 1905 by De Witt C. Wheeler. / 51315 Firemen wetting down Ruins, N. Y. City." black & white postcard with red caption & undivided back, mailed 1907 from Thornville Ohio to a local resident, mild edge wear includes a small scrape, album toning & 1 small scrape at the back corners. $7.00 fnpi
"GRUSS / von der / Schlossbeleuchtung" wonderful art showing man with bulbous red nose attempting to put his key in a lock, mailed in Heidelberg in 1928, long crease & corner crease that are hard to see. The thrice-annual event lights up the castle under a fireworks display to commemorate the 3 times in the past that the castle burned -- 1689, 1693, & 1764. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 400% of original print area) & enhanced 144-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 agffw
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HEMET VALLEY FLYING SERVICE. Unused regular-size postcard showing its Lockheed C-130A Hercules (N135FF) at Hemet California in 1990, printed in Thailand, near mint. On 13 August 1994 this aircraft crashed near Pearblossom California while on a firefighting assignment; all three crewmembers on board perished. $15.00 ac(p)df
"'HOLD THAT / CROWD BACK, / OFFICER.' // DAVENPORT LADDERS / MATERIAL ..... The Best / Design ..... The Latest / Workmanship ..... The Highest Type / Developed During Sixty-Two Years / of Ladder Manufacturing / DAVENPORT LADDER CO. / DAVENPORT, IOWA / Write for our latest catalogue and price list" unused blotter with signed K. O. Munson pinup art depicting a shapely firewoman in a negligee that leaves little to the imagination, climbing a ladder with a hose in hand, complete with the #10 size metered envelope in which it was sent. Circa 1944. Superlative & rare. SOLD fpila
"Hotel Rockwell After Fire." Cyko real photo postcard, writing on back dates to August 11, 1909. $5.00
"Jeffersonville, Fire Dep." showing the horse-drawn equipment being admired by the residents, unused real-photo postcard with slight oxidation consistent with age, good edges. The caption is handwritten in the front border. Our reliable source assures us this is Jeffersonville Indiana, not the Jeffersonville in Ohio or Illinois. The partially obscured sign with large letters in the background mentions E. MARKET ST., and there is such a road in Jeffersonville Indiana, but not in Jeffersonville Ohio or Jeffersonville Illinois. We make the sign out to be for _ER_B__S, a seller of cutlery, guns & (trac? or jani?)tors supplies. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scans in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 for either, or $3.75 for both. fi
KENAI AIR ALASKA, INCORPORATED. Continental color photo of its Bell 212 helicopter (N811KA), good contrast & focus, exceptionally attractive. Rare. Later served in a fire suppression & heli-tanker service with Rogers Helicopters. $5.00 a(p)af
"KLM 0204" unused QSL postcard for operators Gerald, Shirley, Gerald Alan, Dorothy & Martha Ulrigh; signed Bob Tupper cartoon art (fireman on ladder advises lady concerned about which nightie to wear before she is rescued); fresh appearance. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 of
"LA BASILIQUE APRES L'INCENDIE DU 29 MARS, 1922, STE. ANNE DE BEAUPRÉ" in Québec, postcard mailed 1925 but stamp removed, small tear, 2 badly bent corners, as is. $1.00 fq
"La Guerre 1914-18 -- L. C. II., Visé Paris / 236. La Cathedrale (sic) de REIMS en feu - The Cathedral of REIMS on fire" during World War I, black & white postcard with green back, unused, light toning along 3 back edges. $3.50 fwf
"L'INCENDIE, 29 MARS, 1922, STE. ANNE DE BEAUPRÉ" in Québec, postcard showing a wide view of the toppling steeple, scrape on front, light toning on back. $1.00 fq
"MARIETTA'S / FIRST FIRE ENGINE / 1825" unused Kodak real photo postcard with good focus & contrast, corner-mount damage at corners. The rectangular white square on the bucket is a sign suspended from its lip by a thread, not a defect. Hard to find: when we searched the Internet, there had been only one other offered & it was sold at auction. Perhaps that seemingly blank spot on the bucket bothered them so they never printed it in quantity? Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. o(m)f
"Members of Chicago Fire and Police De- / partment engaged in the recovery of / bodies from sunken hold of Steamer / Eastland." with a dead body being raised by rope, black & white. Post card sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 dis(l)lf
[Mickey Mouse losing control of a fire hose under pressure] cartoon art on a student-made (7th grader) postcard-size manila card, nice job of pasting & composition, obviously one-of-a-kind. $5.00 fd
"Milner's Department Store. Toledo, Ohio / COMPLIMENTS OF THE W. L. MILNER FIRE BRIGADE" corner view on an unused undivided back post card published by W. L. Milner and Co., evenly browning paper with age, hint of toning at upper front corners. Decidedly hard to find. $20.00 of
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" Name ______________ / Address _____________ / Name _____________ / Address __________ / (etc.)" unused postal card pre-addressed to Messrs. Burnham and Phillips, Nos. 119 - 121 Nassau Street / Temple Court Annex N. Y. City; faint lower corner crease, toning both sides. There is almost no information about the firm available. They may have been affected by a famous fire there. In any case, their building was supposedly fire-proof but proved otherwise, so architects of the day had to take note before they designed any skyscrapers. Now a designated Landmark Site, it is in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan. $10.00 n(m)fa
"New Motor Propelled Fire Engine, New York" on the street & manned, possibly for a parade, postcard from the Success Postal Card Co. (their No. 1096 on back), mailed 1912 from Jersey City NJ, 2 faint but long internal creases intersect in the message area, top corners creased & worn, bottom corners with slight rounding. $7.00 fn(n)
"New Motor Propelled Water Tower, New York" including 7 firemen posed with it, in front of the No. 2 Station; color post card from Success Postal Card Co. (their No. 1097), very late usage at Findley Lake NY, bottom corners are creased & very worn, mild edge wear elsewhere, numeral 201 is written over the word tower & might be erasable. $9.50 fn(n)
"NIMMONSBURG, N. Y. 4-42-6 / New 1977 American LaFrance 'Century' / series pumper custom built and powered by ..." unused chrome postcard from a photo credited to Richard J. Allen, excellent condition. $1.50 fnp
"No. 1 Fire Department, Starting / for Fire, Sandusky, Ohio" with 2 horse-drawn vehicles passing before identifiable shops, color post card mailed there 1916, heavily toned back, mild corner & edge wear. $17.50 fho
"No. 1 . FIRE STATION No. 1 AND CHURCH NEXT DOOR, LORAIN, OHIO" black & white postcard showing the aftermath of the 1924 tornado, unused, published by Hamm, very light toning both sides, trivial corner wear. $6.50 o(l)fd
"Old Orchard Maine Showing the Ruins of the Emerson Hotel, Alberta and Fiske after the fire of August 1907" showing the many pedestrians & auto traffic it generated afterwards, postcard mailed 1909, corner crease, minor edge wear, unusual subject matter. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 mf
"Ottawa, O., Fire Department / Ready for action" with a side view of their horse-drawn fire truck & 20+ firemen standing beside it, unused sepia-tone Weixelbaum post card, minor edge wear. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 o(o)fh%
"RUINS of FIRE on / St. CLAIR ST." Showing what was left of the Clem Kimmel Seeds, Farm Machinery & Hardware building, unused postcard, browning paper. $3.00
"Ruins from fire of 'Green River Bridge' / and Gristmill foot of Cemetery / Hill, Greenfield Mass." real photo post cardmailed 1910, captioned by hand on front. Postcard sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 mf*
"Ruins of Str. Ticonderoga. Burned, Aug. 29th. 1901. Lake George, N. Y." still smoldering, with the Steamer Horicon nearby to render assistance; unused divided-back sepia-tone postcard made in Germany for H. R. Hulett (No. 13), captioned at the top; trivial bottom corner wear, otherwise fairly fresh. Priced $9 to $12 at other sites, but our price is only: $7.50 n(l)s(l)s(l)f NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"Salem Fire Ruins June 25, 1914 / Showing St. Josephs Church and / Fire Station / Lafayette St. / Salem Mass., black & white post card mailed to Scotland in 1914, a few small spots of cancel ink in the sky. $10.50 mf
"Schenectady Public Buildings, Steamer House No. 4, S. F. D. / Schenectady, N. Y." including a manned steamer fire wagon drawn by 2 horses in front, color, mailed there 1907, toned back & rounded corners, writing on front. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 @
"SEAGRAVE / ENGINE Co. No. 28, L.A.F.D." with caption taken from the pennant & vehicle markings; unmanned side view of a fire engine manufactured by Seagrave Fire Apparatus for the Los Angeles Fire department; sepia-tone AZO (triangles up) real photo post card with dimensional annotations on back in hand suggest advertising usage, back toned, lower left front bottom corner creases not even near the equipment, long upper right front corner crease also misses the equipment, & approximately 1" tear from the bottom edge also misses. Explanatory inscription on front 'Rear ends open' is disturbed by a small scrape in the letter R. A long internal crease from the right front edge goes into the equipment. As is. $25.00 fc(l)
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Sepia-tone 3"x5" photo showing a small fire engine with hose deployed & a few people gathered round, probably after a blaze was put out in a small town. approximately 1" tear from the top edge closes well, several creases include both bottom corners, toned back. As is. $3.75 f
Sepia-tone AZO (triangles up) real photo postcard of a fire engine being pulled by three horses, well composed, image a bit dark but focus is right so the detail is there (we discern a hay & poultry sign in the background, for example), some oxidation consistent with age. Probably one of a kind. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 fh
Sepia-tone AZO (triangles up) real photo postcard of a fire in progress in a 5-story corner building having a drug store on the lower level, several ladders deployed, many hoses from different directions; toning suggests circa-1915 dating, a few light abrasions to the front surface. Probably one of a kind. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 f
"Serie 414" with caption from back, fantasy art showing a horse-drawn fire engine at speed, carrying many children, unused postcard, 2 small bottom corner creases, mild corner rounding. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 hff
"S. F. D. / CHIEF" with caption taken from the Knox (from grille) vehicle itself, fire-fighting vehicle manned by 3 uniformed men; real photo post card with excellent detail & contrast, mailed 1908 from Springfield Massachusetts, oxidation consistent with age, lower corner crease through nothing important. $115.00 fm(s) PRICE REDUCED RECENTLY
"SPRINGFIELD, MASS. NEW HEADQUARTERS STATION of Fire Department, Court Street, and its / up-to-date Flying Squadron. (See other side.) A 540" including its 5 vehicles, phototype from George Graves, postcard mailed there 1913, light toning on front. $11.00 mf
"TAKEN FROM RUSSIAN HILL" showing a panorama of fires after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, unused, rounded corners, faint internal crease, Rotograph Co. but unnumbered. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 fch
"Tank containing 56,0000 bbls Crude Naptha on fire / Midwest Ref Co. / Extinguishing flames with foam ice" unused sepia-tone Azo real photo (triangles both ways) postcard, rubber band mark & light toning on back, a few tiny dark spots on the front, corner & edge wear, a little toning at the bottom front border. An interesting scene with many onlookers. The Midwest Refining Company was headquartered in Denver 1900-1930 and was involved in the Teapot Dome scandal. $20.00 of
"The Ahrens - Fox / Fire Engine Co. / Cincinnati, O // THE / 'Continental'" sepia-tone advertising post card with undivided back, mailed at Cincinnati in 1912, 2 corner creases, light toning. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00
"THE BELL TELEPHONE GIVES INSTANT ALARMS" at depicting a fire engine drawn by 3 horses racing to a fire, woman with telephone in the inset; advertising postcard with undivided back, AT&T logo on back, mailed 1912 from Connecticut. 2 vertical internal creases not that conspicuous except in the top border area. Insight into how telephones were marketed at that time. $14.00 fth
"THE BURNING OF SAN FRANCISCO, APRIL 18, 1906" postcard mailed 1906, writing on front. black & white. $5.00
"The Burning / Oil Tank / near / Bowling Green / Ohio" color post card, published by Fred Hale, writing on front, light toning on back. $4.50
"The Burning Well, a Natural Wonder, Colfax, La. / Grant Parish is Reforesting and Restocking Game Preserves 9B209-N" as it appeared circa 1949, with a detailed printed explanation on reverse, linen postcard, neat writing on back from someone who saw it in 1951, good edges. $3.00 l(c)fe
"The Crawford County Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company / Incorporated AUG. 27, 1877. ASSESSMENT NO. 26" in the amount of 92-cents payable by December 15 1902; government postal card mailed at Bucyrus Ohio NOV 15 1902 to Lewis Davis in Galion Ohio. Detailing which farmers lost how much: George W. Palmer ($97), Henry Rule ($50), J. H. Lepp ($3.50), C. M. McKinstry ($50.00), Marion Davis ($3), Bert Flowers ($326.16), M. E. Reinhart ($7.75), etc. $5.00 o(b)if
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"The 'Owlyout,' Chateaugay Lake, Adirondacks, N. Y." including some activity at their small boathouse, color from Valentine & Sons, circa 1912, corner crease, corner wear & rounding. This lodge burned to the ground with the loss of one life in 1917. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 nf
"The Powerful Horseless Engine of the Portland, Me Fire Department" under steam & manned, side view with spectators behind, obviously sparkling new at the time; black & white post card with red caption, circa 1908, fairly fresh. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 fm*
"The Trusties of Rock Township has assigned the farm you / live on to the Cleghorn Fire Dept for protection." typed notice on 1961 government postal card with heavy vertical crease, grammar & spelling mistakes reproduced here faithfully. Recipient was Orval (John) Brownmiller. $2.00 fi(c)a
"This is the Junior Fire Engine taken at Washington Square." with caption taken from the writing all over the back, real photo with 3 corners missing, the other corner creased, internal crease comes in from the right front edge. Sold but front still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 f%
Uncaptioned AZO (triangles both ways) real photo postcard showing a grass fire in progress, fire engine in the left foreground, numerous volunteer firefighters & spectators included; unimportant toning near the top left back corner, small bend to one upper corner. $9.00 f
Uncaptioned parade scene in sepia-tones, motorized firefighting vehicle in the foreground, fully manned (a little girl with the firemen up front); unused AZO process (triangles up) post card, toning near the back edges, faint internal crease in pavement lower right. $15.00 fp
Uncaptioned real photo (AZO triangles up) showing several fire men outside a burnt-out building in a city, during winter, ladders still up; Azo real photo (triangles up) post card, unused, a little toning in the back address area. $12.00 fw
Uncaptioned sepia-tone real photo postcard with a fire engine on parade past some spectators in a small town, both bottom corners with small creases. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 fp
Uncaptioned sepia-tone real photo post card showing a uniformed fireman
ready to drive a coach-like vehicle pulled by 2 horses, intricate fittings
for multiple hoses at the side of the vehicle--to allowed several shorter
hoses to be hooked up to a feeder hose coming from a distant hydrant.
Contrast is excellent & depth of field is too. We have never seen the likes
of this vehicle before. Back is toned with 'Fire Department' written twice
on it; tiny bottom corner crease; all corners with minor rounding; oxidation
consistent with circa 1908 age.
Unsigned art depicting to men hand-pumping at a well with a long hose to a fire in progress in the background, neighborhood lady racing forward to catch some of the resultant spray in a small vessel (so as not to waste it, no doubt), postcard mailed 1910 in Atlantic City NJ, toning at the bottom back corners, mild rounding to all corners. $6.00 f
"VIEW OF FIRE ZONE / LOOKING WEST FROM ST CLAIR" Unused postcard on World War II brownish paper, published by K. M. Kammerer, small spot in back message area, slight rounding of the corners. More precisely, the scene is along Saint Clair Avenue in Cleveland Ohio, after the October 1944 East Ohio Gas Company explosions & resultant fire. $5.00 fo(c) ILLUSTRATION ADDED RECENTLY
Wanted to buy--post cards showing named firemen from New Jersey, especially older ones. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars or Euros! *c
Wanted to buy--postcards showing Staatsburg New York's firefighters, fire stations, or fires. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars or Euros! *c
White people burning dozens of opium pipes in Shanghai, black & white view mailed Dec. 28 '09 at Woosung China. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 csf
[Wrecked fire engine, off-road] uncaptioned Azo real photo (triangle both ways) post card, back toned lightly, small spot on front horizon not too distracting, minor corner rounding. When these early automotive trucks raced at speed to fires, their drivers sometimes lost control, but it is unusual to see the result! Why? Nobody was particularly proud of it & the community lost a lot of money to boot. $14.50 f
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