05/29/09 124 W, 3 I - + 15 - 10 Rescue Company Postcard

For your Friday enjoyment, here's a "postal card" used by Raleigh's Rescue Company around 1907. Though the organization's legal name was Rescue Steam Fire Engine Co. No. 1, they had ceased operating a steamer by that time. Two years prior, the city replaced the old 1870 Gould engine with a 1905 American LaFrance. Another, different company was organized to operate the new engine. At the time these cards were used, the Rescue Company operated a horse-drawn hose wagon. Their station, also built in 1870, was located on the County Courthouse lot, and faced Fayetteville Street. See more artifacts this Raleigh Fire Department virtual museum. Or read more about the Capitol City's volunteer fire companies and other hysterical, er, historical information. Click to enlarge:

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