Item #50839 FIRE DEPARTMENT. City of Providence, 1833-4. History of Firefighting in the United States, Ephraim - Chairman Talbot.

FIRE DEPARTMENT. City of Providence, 1833-4.

[Providence ?]: 1833. 1st printing (presumed). Broadside, 35 lines of text. Title in ornamental outline font. Typographical border. 12-3/8" x 7-5/8" Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Minor edgewear, with short closed tear in lower left margin. Age-toning. A VG copy of this rare survivor. Item #50839

"Early firefighters in the US were simply community members who would respond to neighborhood fires with buckets. The first dedicated volunteer fire brigade was founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1736 in Philadelphia. These volunteer companies were often paid by insurance companies in return for protecting their clients. In the early days of the fire service, fire companies were, more or less, social organizations. And, being an accepted member meant a certain social status in the community. As cities grew, this fire company method became unreliable, and the first professional fire department was established in Cincinnati in 1853." [Wiki].

Price: $175.00