01/29/12 83 W - + 7 - 3 Life of an American Fireman, 1903

Here's a video that was shared on the Carolinas Fire Page mailing list. This is the famous early silent short Life of An American Fireman, shot in 1902 by Edwin S. Porter for the Edison Manufacturing Company. Read the Wikipedia entry. This was one of the earliest American narrative films, and utilized personnel and equipment from New York, Newark, Orange, and East Orange, NJ. As these notes from the filmmaker recount, about 300 firefighters appear in the various scenes.

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