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Firefighting Fire Department Antiques, Artifacts & Equipment 

We are continually acquiring wonderful and rare  original antiques and implements. Below are photos and information. Inquiries welcomed.


14228. Eisner, Harvey (ed). WTC: In Their Own Words. 2011. Cygnus. 278p. Soft wraps. With DVD of interviews and testimonials from survivors and firefighters. Filled with comprehensive, exclusive interviews with firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center attack, WTC: In Their Own Words, is a special collector's edition book from Firehouse Magazine in commemoration of the 10 year anniversary of the attack and as a testimonial to the first responders. Eisner, a retired Tenafly, New Jersey fire chief and longtime editor of Firehouse Magazine, felt the calling to capture the story of 9/11 and present it through the eyes of those who responded to the call – members of the FDNY – the New York Fire Department. It’s more than photojournalism at its best – captured images from a perspective never before seen by the public. It’s a reference guide. And in years to come, it may very well be a seminal historic accounting of the immediate aftermath of the worst terrorist attack in history. For some, still active or retired firefighters, it was too difficult to tell the story. For others, it was just the first, or second time, that they’ve ever articulated the emotional pain of that fateful day, nearly 10 years ago. This softbound book takes a highly detailed, in-depth look at the day's events and fire department response. This book also includes an exclusive DVD which includes interviews and testimonials from survivors and firefighters. Eisner felt it important to record for history the words of some of those who put their lives on the line. To present stories that have never before been publicly shared. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this volume will benefit these four organizations: FDNY Foundation, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, UFA Thomas R. Elsasser Fund, Wounded Warrior Project. A fitting tribute to responders who we should never forget. (M). $49. 


1263. (photo) Chenequa Fire Department Engine 2, Hartland, Wisconsin c.1970. Pierce Fire Apparatus original delivery photograph taken c.1970 at the factory before delivery. 8” x 10”. International 1300 with 750 GPM front-end pump. The Village of Chenequa is located in the “lake country” portion of Waukesha County, about 30 miles west of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fire coverage is provided by the Hartland Fire Department. (VG). $6.


13167. (dance card) D. F. Wood Hook & Ladder Co., 4th Annual Ball, Northboro, Massachusetts. November 30, 1887. Fireman’s Ball Dance Card from 1887, 3 ¼ x 4 3/8 inches, pink cardboard cover with silk tasseled cord and embossed figures of 2 firemen.  good condition with minor soiling on the cover, the color of the photo is not exact but it is a faded pink with silver coloring on the embossed figures of 2 firemen, they are pulling a rope which looks like it continues with the cord. Printed contents includes information on the ball given by the D. F. Wood Hook and Ladder Co. of Northboro (Massachusetts), the committee members, and Order (list) of Dances by type and the music played. Rare early piece of ephemera for dance card collectors or fire collectors. Overall very clean, only very light wear. (VG). $48.

2836. Historic Fire at First Unitarian Church of Northborough, Massachusetts 1945. Life Magazine October 9, 1950. For 137 years the First Unitarian Church of Northborough, Mass. had stood as a historic example of colonial architecture. In its belfry was the faithful town clock and a bell, made by Paul Revere's foundry, which had been rung at the death of every President after Washington. At 2:30 on the Saturday morning of Dec. 22,1945, a motorist driving along the Old Post Road saw orange flames leaping from the church's windows. He stopped his car and called the local fire department. When the firemen arrived they found that the flames, which had apparently spread from an oil stove in the women's parlor, were out of control. Dana Martin, an amateur photographer who lived across the street, rushed over to take this picture just as the fire reached the belfry. By dawn, despite the help of firemen from three neighboring towns, the church was a pile of ashes. The next day the congregation had their Christmas service in Northborough's Grange Hall and decided to start rebuilding, using as a model the church they had just lost. Superb photo of the fully involved New England church is accompanied by six additional photo and article. Full issue, clean and tight, light wear. (VG) $24. 



Page updated September 10, 2020

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