05/27/10 191 W, 2 I - + 9 - 6 1949 or 1950?

Sometimes you get confused. The first modern pumper delivered in Raleigh after World War II was an FWD F-75-T. But was the model year 1949 or 1950? Lately the latter's been what I've been citing. Looking at my Raleigh apparatus register, which is my "master data," the entry for the engine reads 1950.


This morning at the training academy, giving a history talk to the recruits, a slide of mine said 1949. Oops. Does the slide need updating, or the web page? Time to consult paper records, and see which year is the right year. And then blog about it-- which we're doing now-- to better commit the answer to memory. (Little secret, that's the reason for a lot of blog postings.) Let's see what this says:

So 1950 is the answer, right? Maybe not. The above lists 1915 as the model year for the American LaFrance aerial ladder, which was a 1916 model. The company has verified that date. Can the FWD model year be trusted? Maybe. The other years are right. Guess we'll keep looking. Or maybe someday stumble upon the original truck. History (and historians) never sleep.

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