Fire Trucks from 1911

Fire Trucks from 1911

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    Fire Trucks from 1911

    I took my son to the Fire Museum today. Thought y'all might enjoy seeing a fire truck from the year 1911. I found it interesting how little the 1911 handgun has evolved compared to a fire engine from that year.


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    This is the Chief's car also made in 1911. These were sold as both race cars and police and fire chief vehicles. Notice the canvas fenders.


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    I gotta believe that if JMB had designed them, they'd look like the firetrucks we see today
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotBrass45 View Post
    I gotta believe that if JMB had designed them, they'd look like the firetrucks we see today
    No, they'd look the same at the pics, but we'd still be using them--even as the rest of firetruck makers moved on...
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    One thing is for sure. Those trucks were works of art as well as functional.
    While today's fire trucks are well advanced, they resemble boxes on wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMinSC View Post
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    Yes, I can see the the grip safety and plunger tube.
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    Steam pump photo courtesy of Marion County Historical Society:

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    Not the same year, but very close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSKnight View Post
    One thing is for sure. Those trucks were works of art as well as functional.
    While today's fire trucks are well advanced, they resemble boxes on wheels.
    That one was very good looking. There was a stylized lady liberty on top of the bell like we used to use on our coinage that was very well done. Hard to snap a picture plus I was chasing a 20 month old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSKnight View Post
    One thing is for sure. Those trucks were works of art as well as functional.
    While today's fire trucks are well advanced, they resemble boxes on wheels.
    I was actually telling someone the other day how they need to update the road signs by fire stations with a more modern fire truck, and he replied with “what do you want them to put, a giant rectangle?”

    New trucks may not have the nice looks of these old, restored apparatus, but keeping the tools in enclosed compartments keeps them much cleaner than having everything exposed to the elements at all times.
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    Both 1911's are works of art from a design and longevity standpoint!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5lima30ret View Post
    Both 1911's are works of art from a design and longevity standpoint!
    Yes they are, well said.
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    I'm surprised that it's an actual truck, And not a horse drawn wagon! DR
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    Very cool! Good exercise too!
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    Them canvas fenders sure keep the mud out of your eyes ; )
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