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Pants on Fire: 1959

Pants on Fire: 1959

Alameda County, California, 1959. "29th Annual Newark Fireman's Ball." At center, fireman Ed Brazil. 4x5 inch acetate negative. View full size.


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A familiar name

All these years of visiting the Shorpy website, I always thought I'd see a comment from someone that knew someone in a picture someone else posted. It may have happened and I just missed it somewhere. Regardless, I didn't think it would be me, but I remember my mom mentioning Ed Brazil. She lived most of her life in Fremont (formerly Irvington and other non-incorporated districts) and Newark. It was a small community back in those days and everyone knew everyone else. I grew up there too, though a few years after this picture was taken, and remember attending a lot of wedding receptions at the Newark Pavilion.

Although it is red, it is also White

This firefighting apparatus is the early 40's White Super Power.

Fireman Ed

Now, I'm not a guy who's attracted to guys, but Ed Brazil is one squared-up-lookin' dude!

Ax tie clip

The best! (Even better than the cornucopia of her shirt.)

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