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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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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.)

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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