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Fire Fighter Collection

"Heroes in Action: The Courageous Firefighters of Chicago" In the heart of Chinatown, Illinois stands the City of Chicago Fire Department station

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: City of Chicago Fire Department station in Chinatown, Illinois

City of Chicago Fire Department station in Chinatown, Illinois

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: Early fire brigade street alarm

Early fire brigade street alarm
Early fire brigade alarm system. Historical artwork of a fireman testing a 19th-century combined telephonic and telegraphic street fire alarm system

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Firefighter
MODEL RELEASED. Firefighter in a smoke-filled training room

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: American firefighters in London WWII

American firefighters in London WWII
American soldiers on duty with the London Fire Brigade practice British Fire Fighting techniques including climbing up steel turn table ladder

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: GWR fire brigade at Paddington Station taking part in a drill, c. 1940

GWR fire brigade at Paddington Station taking part in a drill, c. 1940
This image shows members of the GWR fire brigade at Paddington Station taking part in a drill. Training was an important part of fire fighting and kept employees prepared in case of an emergency

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: Some firemen at work with gas-masks and fire-plugs

Some firemen at work with gas-masks and fire-plugs. Italy. Date of Photograph:1950-1960

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: American fire brigade vehicle. 1919 (photo)

American fire brigade vehicle. 1919 (photo)
GIA4715205 American fire brigade vehicle. 1919 (photo) by Unknown photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: American fire brigade vehicle. 1919.); © Giancarlo Costa

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: Fire Brigades equipped with new fire pumps and vehicle, New York 1913. Photography

Fire Brigades equipped with new fire pumps and vehicle, New York 1913. Photography
GIA4715380 Fire Brigades equipped with new fire pumps and vehicle, New York 1913. Photography. by Unknown photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: Women Firefighters during World War 1

Women Firefighters during World War 1
3786761 Women Firefighters during World War 1; (add.info.: Women Firefighters during World War 1. Sleeping in bunks ready for call out. April 1916. The Illustrated News, April 5, 1916)

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: Women Firefighters during World War 1

Women Firefighters during World War 1
3786764 Women Firefighters during World War 1; (add.info.: Women Firefighters during World War 1. Drill scene at London Work House. April 1916. The Illustrated News, April 5, 1916)

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: Buildings in flames in a Japanese village, color textile design

Buildings in flames in a Japanese village, color textile design Drawing. Date of Photograph:1880-1890. Date of Artwork:1880 ca

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: Firemen in Paris

Firemen in Paris France Paris. Date of Photograph:1950-1960 ca

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: Aerial photo of the truck fire brigade

Aerial photo of the truck fire brigade. Date of Photograph:1950-1960

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: The firemen's barracks in Piazza San Biagio in Florence

The firemen's barracks in Piazza San Biagio in Florence Florence. Date of Photograph:1900-1905 ca

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: Portrait of an officer of the fire brigade

Portrait of an officer of the fire brigade Florence. Date of Photograph:1915 - 1920 ca

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: False Alarm, 1905 (print)

False Alarm, 1905 (print)
3673879 False Alarm, 1905 (print) by Vandersloot Music Publishing Company (1899-1931); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: The Fire Master, c.1770-1959 (print)

The Fire Master, c.1770-1959 (print)
3673886 The Fire Master, c.1770-1959 (print) by Vandersloot Music Publishing Company (1899-1931); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: Still Alarm, c.1770-1959 (print)

Still Alarm, c.1770-1959 (print)
3673860 Still Alarm, c.1770-1959 (print) by Vandersloot Music Publishing Company (1899-1931); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: Im a Firemans Love, c.1770-1959 (print)

Im a Firemans Love, c.1770-1959 (print)
3673857 Im a Firemans Love, c.1770-1959 (print) by Jerome H. Remick & Co. (early 20th century); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: Re Brigade, Ninth Group (Kubangumi): (Ichimura Kakitsu IV as) Reizaburō the Little Fox (Kogitsune)

Re Brigade, Ninth Group (Kubangumi): (Ichimura Kakitsu IV as) Reizaburō the Little Fox (Kogitsune), 8th month
8599107 Re Brigade, Ninth Group (Kubangumi): (Ichimura Kakitsu IV as) Reizaburō the Little Fox (Kogitsune), 8th month, 1866 (ink and colour on paper) by Kunichika

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: Friendship Quick Step, c.1770-1959 (print)

Friendship Quick Step, c.1770-1959 (print)
3673839 Friendship Quick Step, c.1770-1959 (print) by Firth, Pond & Co. (19th century); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

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3673882

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3673866

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3673844

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3673837

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3673836

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3673873

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3673864

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3673852

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3673835

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3673851

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3673848

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3673842

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3673855

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3673872

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: A London fireman in the 1790's. From The Strand Magazine published 1897

A London fireman in the 1790's. From The Strand Magazine published 1897
878597 A London fireman in the 1790's. From The Strand Magazine published 1897. by English School, (19th century); Private Collection

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: St John Gate Fire Brigade: group photo, 1902 (b/w photo)

St John Gate Fire Brigade: group photo, 1902 (b/w photo)
1787293 St John Gate Fire Brigade: group photo, 1902 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); London Metropolitan Archives

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: Vaquero (cowboy) of Spanish California branding a steer, c. 1850 (engraving)

Vaquero (cowboy) of Spanish California branding a steer, c. 1850 (engraving)
7392822 Vaquero (cowboy) of Spanish California branding a steer, c.1850 (engraving) by American School, (19th century); Peter Newark Pictures

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: The American fireman

The American fireman
2624066 The American fireman by Currier, N. (1813-88) and Ives, J.M. (1824-95); (add.info.: The American fireman: prompt to the rescue)

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: Firemen fight burning building on 14th St. New York City, 1909 (b / w photo)

Firemen fight burning building on 14th St. New York City, 1909 (b / w photo)
5042940 Firemen fight burning building on 14th St. New York City, 1909 (b/w photo) by Bain, George Grantham - Bain News Service (1865-1944); Private Collection

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: Firemen spraying burning building on 14th St. New York City, 1909 (b / w photo)

Firemen spraying burning building on 14th St. New York City, 1909 (b / w photo)
5042939 Firemen spraying burning building on 14th St. New York City, 1909 (b/w photo) by Bain, George Grantham - Bain News Service (1865-1944); Private Collection

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: To tame a small fire in the home of a millionaire lady, widow of a musician... (colour litho)

To tame a small fire in the home of a millionaire lady, widow of a musician... (colour litho)
2777976 To tame a small fire in the home of a millionaire lady, widow of a musician... (colour litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: On September 1, a world firefighting competition will be inaugurated at the Turin Stadium

On September 1, a world firefighting competition will be inaugurated at the Turin Stadium... (colour litho)
2777878 On September 1, a world firefighting competition will be inaugurated at the Turin Stadium... (colour litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: On September 1)

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: The Firefighters in Skirts (Colour Litho)

The Firefighters in Skirts (Colour Litho)
2777728 The Firefighters in Skirts (Colour Litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: The firemen in skirts)

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: To tame a violent fire in a Vienna circus, the firemen had to enter the... (colour litho)

To tame a violent fire in a Vienna circus, the firemen had to enter the... (colour litho)
2777968 To tame a violent fire in a Vienna circus, the firemen had to enter the... (colour litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: A tragic fireworks display at home (Colour Litho)

A tragic fireworks display at home (Colour Litho)
2778015 A tragic fireworks display at home (Colour Litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: A tragic fireworks display at home)

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: Benjamin Franklin wearing the uniform of the Union Fire Company which he founded in

Benjamin Franklin wearing the uniform of the Union Fire Company which he founded in
PNP377454 Benjamin Franklin wearing the uniform of the Union Fire Company which he founded in Philadelphia in 1736 (colour litho) by American School; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFire Fighter Collection: Forty meters high flames and immense clouds of smoke have emanated from a tank... (colour litho)

Forty meters high flames and immense clouds of smoke have emanated from a tank... (colour litho)
2778122 Forty meters high flames and immense clouds of smoke have emanated from a tank... (colour litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info)



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"Heroes in Action: The Courageous Firefighters of Chicago" In the heart of Chinatown, Illinois stands the City of Chicago Fire Department station, a symbol of bravery and resilience. For decades, these fearless firefighters have been at the forefront, battling flames that threaten to consume our beloved city. Their legacy dates back centuries, tracing its roots to the early fire brigade street alarm system. With bells ringing through narrow streets and brave souls rushing towards danger, they formed an unbreakable bond with their community. Even across oceans during World War II, American firefighters found themselves in London's midst. Shoulder to shoulder with their British counterparts, they fought against relentless bombings and emerged as symbols of hope amidst destruction. Closer to home at Paddington Station in 1940, the GWR fire brigade showcased their preparedness through rigorous drills. Their dedication ensured that no flame would ever bring chaos to this bustling hub of transportation. From historical engravings capturing a London fireman's valiant efforts in the late 18th century to group photos like that of St John Gate Fire Brigade from 1902 - each image tells a story etched into history books forever. But firefighting is not just about urban landscapes; it extends even into untamed territories. A vaquero (cowboy) branding a steer in Spanish California circa 1850 reminds us that these courageous individuals protect lives and property wherever duty calls. Through thick smoke and scorching heat or freezing cold waters from hosepipes held firmly by determined hands - these heroes never falter, and are always ready for action when disaster strikes because saving lives is more than just a job; it's their calling. So let us salute those who run towards danger while others flee – our brave firefighters who embody courage personified, and are true guardians of our cities' safety and eternal symbols of selflessness.