11/28/09 120 W, 1 I - + 20 - 16 Forest City Fire Department, Old Photo

From our friends at the Forest City Fire Department in Rutherford County, here's a nifty vintage photo. The picture was probably made in the 1940s or 1950s. One of our readers can probably identify the automobile. Love that Mack Model B that's parked on the apron. The fire department has since moved twice, and the old town hall and fire station are both still standing. Look closely and the edges of the image appear to have been matted or perhaps concealed by a frame, with the rest of the photo likely lightened due to exposure to ultraviolet light. Photographic prints can indeed grow lighter, as they're exposed to, well, light. Click to enlarge:

Mike, the car is a 1946, 1947, or (less likely)a 1948 Pontiac or Chevrolet. Pontiac and Chevy shared the same body those years and the three model years a almost identical also. That wide chrome band down the center of the hood leads me to bet on “Pontiac.”

Bill S.
Firegeezer (Email) (Web Site) - 11/29/09 - 17:48

The building was built in 1928, and is located on North Powell Street, and still serves as City Hall.

The Mack pumper is a 1937 model. Thanks to FCFD for that information, as well!
Legeros - 12/02/09 - 21:30

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