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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.

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