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Testing the Hoses: 1913

Testing the Hoses: 1913

"Motor Fire Engine." Testing the FDNY hoses somewhere along the waterfront in 1913. View full size | Zoom in. George Grantham Bain Collection.


Knox Piston Pumper

This fire truck is a circa 1913 Knox Pison Pumper. It resembles some Seagrave and Webb models. The vehicle was made in Springfield, Massachusetts. Knox cars were made from 1900 - 1914, and trucks and tractors - were made from 1900 - 1924.

Note the lack of a muffler on the end of the exhaust manifold/exhaust pipe.

The production of 'buckboard' type fire engines was coming to an end by this time.

The license plate looks like it shows 1912 for the year.

Phineas Jones & Company

You can see Phineas Jones & Company they made wheels for carriages

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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