08/18/13 114 W, 2 I - + 4 - 5 Early Annual Reports of the State Fire Marshal of Illinois

Here's something pretty interesting. Early annual reports from the Illinois Fire Marshal. First through sixth annual editions, starting in 1911. Scanned and archived online by the University of Illinois Library. Whopping 450+ pages, if you download the PDF version. Describes all manner of things, from statistical reports on fires to summaries of fire departments to convictions of arsonists. Fair number of images, including portraits and photographs. Check out the chief's portraits in one of the volumes! Lots to enjoy and plenty to compare regarding "then and now." Read the document(s).

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