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Fires Fighters Collection

In the late 18th century, London firemen were already bravely battling flames that threatened to engulf the city

Background imageFires Fighters 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 imageFires Fighters 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 imageFires Fighters 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 imageFires Fighters 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 imageFires Fighters 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 imageFires Fighters 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 imageFires Fighters 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 imageFires Fighters 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 imageFires Fighters 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 imageFires Fighters 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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Background imageFires Fighters 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 imageFires Fighters 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 imageFires Fighters 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 imageFires Fighters 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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In the late 18th century, London firemen were already bravely battling flames that threatened to engulf the city. This captivating image from The Strand Magazine, published in 1897, transports us back to the era when these courageous individuals risked their lives to protect their community. Fast forward a few decades and we find ourselves in 1902, where a group photo of the St John Gate Fire Brigade showcases the unity and camaraderie among these fearless firefighters. Their determined expressions speak volumes about their commitment to safeguarding lives and property during times of crisis. But firefighting wasn't limited to bustling cities alone; even in Spanish California circa 1850, vaqueros or cowboys took on this perilous role. An engraving captures one such vaquero branding a steer while also being prepared for any potential fires that may arise on the ranches they worked tirelessly upon. These historical glimpses into firefighting remind us of the timeless heroism displayed by those who dedicate themselves to protecting others. From London's cobblestone streets to California's vast landscapes, firefighters have always been at the forefront of disaster response. Their bravery knows no bounds as they face towering infernos with unwavering determination. They rush towards danger while others flee – embodying selflessness and courage beyond measure. The images captured here serve as powerful reminders that throughout history, firefighters have stood tall against adversity. Whether it be extinguishing flames threatening iconic landmarks or preventing wildfires from spreading across vast territories, their unwavering dedication has saved countless lives and preserved communities for generations. As we look upon these snapshots frozen in time, let us never forget the sacrifices made by those who wear this noble profession's uniform. Their legacy continues today as modern-day heroes carry forth this tradition of valor and service - forever etching themselves into our hearts as true guardians of humanity's safety.