Fire Mark Gallery

The use of fire marks began in London after the Great London Fire of 1666. The first American insurance company to use fire marks was the Philadelphia Contributionship (1752). The purpose of fire marks in America varied by insurance company and part of the country. The main reasons for displaying a fire mark were to signal that a property was insured and to advertise for the insurance company. Today, fire marks are collector items.


Our Permanent Exhibitions

One of the most interesting stories, not told elsewhere in the City, is that of the early days of fire fighting in New York. The museum is privileged to house much of the City's collection of historic firefighting artifacts, memorabilia and equipment dating from as early as the 1650s. Together our collection of documents, firefighting apparatus, fire marks, buckets, trumpets, helmets, rattles, lanterns, uniforms and other artifacts tell a powerful story of early New York, the challenges faced by our ancestors and their ingenuity and skill in preventing and controlling fires in a setting and conditions difficult to imagine today.

Firefighting on Parade


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ROMANCE OF FIREFIGHTING


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FIRE APPARATUS


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TOOLS AND UNIFORMS


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9/11 MEMORIAL


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VIEW MORE GALLERIES

Below are links to other galleries within this site:
Halligan Tool Case
25th Anniversary
Remembering Their Prayers
Marine Operations
FDNY in 1970s

EXHIBITIONS LINKS

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On Display

Our exhibits trace the development of firefighting in NYC. More

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Featured Exhibit

Find out more about new exhibits installed at the Museum. More

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Online Catalog

Our online database contains records and photos of our objects in storage. More