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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

D.C.F.D.: 1922

D.C.F.D.: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "D.C. Fire Dept. car for Semmes Motor Co." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Note the lettering

And it's all freehand, those were the days of real sign painters.

Car 5

"Serial No. 5." Lovely!

1922 Dodge Touring Car

This is a 1922 Dodge Touring Car, DCFD Serial No. 05, assigned to the Superintendent of Machinery. The DCFD Repair Shop is in the background next to Engine Co. 8 quarters. The American LaFrance in one of Engine 8's apparatus bays may be a 1920 750 gpm pumper DCFD Serial No. 125 which was assigned to Engine 8.

Dodges of No. 8 Engine Co.

Shorpy previously featured a circa 1926 photo of another Dodge Fire Dept. Car in front of No. 8 Engine Company.

Two Bells

I find the bell mounted on the running board quite interesting. Do
you suppose it is rung by the mechanism behind it striking it on
the outside rather than the usual clapper and rope arrangement seen
on the other car?

Nice car

I wonder if it's red.

Engine Company No. 8

This engine company, on North Carolina Avenue S.E., was in operation from 1889 to 1964. The structure is no longer there.

Shiny

What a high polish on the Dodge!

Is that a La France fire appliance with solid tyres in the doorway?

 
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