03/31/13 404 W, 1 I - + 5 - 2 New Collection of Wake County Fire Department Historical Photos

The Raleigh Fire Museum has a posted a new collection of photos on its web site, some nine hundred images depicting history of Wake County fire departments. From Apex to Zebulon, from small town to bigger town, from airport to forest service, and from the suburbs of Raleigh to the rural farmlands of Wake County. The sources for the images include the News & Observer and Raleigh Times, the North Carolina State Archives, the individual fire departments, fire photographers such as Lee Wilson, and a number of other photographers and agencies.

Most of these were compiled in 2002 and 2003, when Yours Truly was collecting content for his Raleigh and Wake County Firefighting books. This was before the blog, and before the serious pursuit of fire photography. The Hawaiian Shirt guy criss-crossed the county, schlepping his laptop and flatbed scanner from fire department to fire department. Plus quite a few personal meetings at homes or libraries. And a lot of early mornings or late afternoons at the State Archives, looking through drawers and drawers of newspaper negatives.

Digital copies of these images were made and mailed to each fire department in late 2005. And then the files commenced sitting idle, which has nagged at me for years. History is meant to be shared, and not just squirreled away for the sole enjoyment of individual archivists. A plan for sharing began to form after the creation of the museum's web site. The bandwidth became available earlier this year, with the conclusion of last year's centennial projects. Merely nearly a decade later, they're finally getting posted.1 Hope you enjoy them.

See the photo collection.

Some notes on these photos. (a.) The collection excludes Raleigh FD photos. They're displayed in their own galleries on the museum site. (b.) All or nearly all of these appear in Raleigh & Wake County Firefighting and Raleigh & Wake County Firefighting, Volume II, published by Arcadia Publishing. (c) The photos have captions and credits, though far less text than appeared in the books. (d.) The captions will likely get updated over time, just to add a bit more information in places. (e.) Photos may be added as well, in dribs or drabs. No major expansion or additions are planned. (f.) Some pictures were intentionally excluded. Apparatus accidents are downplayed in particular. (g.) Corrections, comments, and other observations are welcome. This is your history.

Great collection glad you posted….Hope to see more these were some great shots….
CKing - 04/01/13 - 15:40

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