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One of the most interesting stories, not told elsewhere in the City, is that of the early days of firefighting in New York. Our vast collection of firefighting artifacts, memorabilia and equipment, dating from as early as the 1650’s, offers a unique historical view of early New York. It relays the challenges faced by our ancestors – their ingenuity and skill – preventing and controlling fires in a setting and conditions difficult to imagine today.
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.
The NYCFM also addresses the history of fire insurance through our collection of over 2,000 fire marks – fire insurance company advertising emblems. As is the case with our other artwork and objects, we have such an extensive amount that only a small portion is on exhibit at one time. The rest is held in storage for use in temporary exhibits or for study by historians and other researchers.
Be sure to access our online catalog with over 8,000 images, searchable by any option.