Item No: pdcp00030
Title: Fairmount Fire Engine Co. No. 32, of Philadelphia [membership certificate] [graphic] / Drawn on stone by H. Kurtz.
Print and Picture Collection
Fairmount Fire Engine Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Free Library of Philadelphia: Philadelphiana - Fire Companies
Honorary membership certificate containing firefighting vignettes, scenes, and pictorial elements. Shows the company horse-drawn steam engine, manned by two volunteers, racing down a street; several firefighters drawing the hose carriage while a man runs in the street beside them; and an exterior view of the station house at Ridge Avenue above Wood Street in Spring Garden. The company engine is parked in front. Also contains, at the top of the certificate, a bust portrait of the "Chief Engineer D.M.L" attired in his fire fighter's hat and coat. Pictorial elements depict bundles of fire fighting equipment, including hats, horns, ladders, and a rope designed as side borders; eagles holding the American flag in their beaks, and swans gliding on water. Fairmount Company, organized in 1823 and incorporated in 1850, was established after the dissolution of the Whale Fire Company. Butchers comprised much of the early membership.
Issued to William McCormick on March 29, 1852. Signed Joseph S. Baker, President and Henry F. Dibbs, Secretary.
Kurtz, Henry, b. ca. 1822 - Artist
Rease, W. H. - Printer
Philadelphia: Printed by [Rease, N.E. cor.] Fourth & Chestnut Sts. - Publisher