Item No: pdcp00020
Title: The United States Polka, [graphic] / Composed for the piano forte and respectfully dedicated to the United States Fire Compy of Philadelphia by William Wolsieffer
Print and Picture Collection
Free Library of Philadelphia: Philadelphiana - Fire Companies
Sheet music cover containing two views related to the United States Fire Company, the volunteer fire company instituted in 1811. Upper view shows the company fire station at Wood Street above Fourth. Two men stand in front of the firehouse and neighboring buildings are visible. Lower view shows volunteer firefighters, most in uniform, including an African American man, standing around their Philadelphia-style hand-pumper engine. The men wear capelets and hats. Two hold horns and another two rest their hands on the harness of the engine. Also contains a border containing ivy, ribbon, and fire fighting iconography including ladders, hydrants, hoses, and bells.
United States Fire Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Wolsieffer, William - Composer