01/14/14 180 W, 1 I - + 4 - 5 Video: Vintage Philly Apparatus in Action, 1958

Best vintage film footage ever? The great Bob Bartosz passes this one along, a nearly four-minute clip of vintage Philly apparatus in action. Get ready to lift that jaw off the floor! The tiller-cam alone is worth the price of admission. No power steering on those rigs! Check out the trolley that they breeze by! And wait'll you watch the plunge from the training tower. The footage is from a 1958 documentary film called Windjammer, which is the why the production quality is tops. The curved perspective, by the way, is due to the camera(s). The film was designed to shown on a special curved screen measuring 100 by 40 feet. What a treat. Thanks Bob!


What, you want to see some vintage film footage of the Raleigh Fire Department in action? Check out these clips, circa 1950. They're regular video files, alas. Nothing (yet) presented via YouTube. Click and each should open in your computer's media player, after about a minute or so of downloading. Total running time is about thirty minutes.

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