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Guide to the Frederick H. Smyth Collection of Fire Photographs
1899-1926 (Bulk 1908-1914)
 PR 63

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on April 20, 2015
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Frederick H. Smyth Collection of Fire Photographs
Dates: 1899-1926 (Bulk 1908-1914)
Abstract: The collection includes photograph albums and glass plate negatives of New York City fires, firefighters, fire engines and firefighting equipment.
Quantity: 7.0 Linear feet (13 boxes)
Location note: Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections
Call Phrase: PR 63

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Biographical Note

Frederick Hugh Smyth (1878-1949) made a hobby of taking and collecting photographs of New York City fires. Smyth retired as the bursar of the American Museum of Natural History in 1942 after working there from the age of 14. Smyth was a member of the New York Firemen Cycle Club. He was living in South Orange, NJ at the time of his death.

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Scope and Content Note

The Frederick H. Smyth Collection of Fire Photographs spans the period from 1899 to 1926 and primarily contains photographs of the New York City Fire Department at work. The collection provides an invaluable look at firefighting technology and equipment in New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. Images record the transition from horse-drawn fire wagons to motorized engines. In addition, the collection shows many individual fires, including the famous Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 and the 1912 fire at the Equitable Building. The collection is divided into two series: Albums; and Negatives.

Series I. Albums consists of two disbound photograph albums together containing a total of 378 prints. Each album page measures 10 by 14 inches and holds between one and four prints. Each image was assigned a unique number by Smyth, and described by him on the verso of the page. The numbers correspond to the negatives in Series II, but the prints are not arranged by number in the albums. Many of the photos taken of fires in winter show large ice formations on buildings and fire equipment. These were generally noted as "ice-coated" by Smyth in the image title.

Album 1 spans the period from 1899-1925 and consists mainly of images of fires and fireboats. Notable fires include the National Biscuit Company fire in 1906, Windsor Hotel fire in 1899, the Equitable Building Fire in 1912, Lipton Tea Warehouse in 1909, Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 1911, Delaware Lackawanna Ferry in 1909, the Casino Theatre in 1925, and the ruins of the 1911 fire at the Dreamland amusement park at Coney Island. Other blazes pictured include: a piano factory on West 49th street, a loft building on Mercer Street, a paper warehouse on Lafayette Street, a pier, a tenement, an oil warehouse, a shanty, a subway explosion, a wallpaper factory, and other locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. The album concludes with many pages of fireboats, particularly those named "Thomas Willett," "New Yorker," and "W. J. Gaynor," some photos taken while the boats were in action.

Album 2 includes similar types of photos from 1904 to 1926 but also incorporates copy photographs of lithographs (most by Currier and Ives) depicting early fires in New York City. Some other copy photography, taken by photographers other than Smyth, is included here along with Smyth's original images. These photographers are noted on the versos of the album pages as: Van Altena, Mr. Phillips, Mr. Henry, and I. Dutcher. Most pictures in this album are of firefighting equipment, portraits of firefighters, parades or award ceremonies, equipment drills, and interior and exterior views of firehouses. Fire Chiefs and Commissioners shown include John Binns, John Kenlon, Edward Croker, Rhinelander Waldo, and Joseph Johnson.

Series II. Negatives includes 405 negatives. Fifty of these are film, the remainder are glass, primarily 5 x 7 inches. Smyth numbered each in the emulsion. The negatives are filed numerically and, as mentioned above, this order does not correspond to the page numbering system in the albums of prints. Thirty images are glass transparencies or autochromes, and therefore do not have corresponding prints in Series I. These are interfiled numerically with the negatives. Please refer to the item-level list following this finding aid, or the database, to see titles of negatives without prints.

When the negatives came to the New-York Historical Society, they were assigned a prefix of 61055 and were housed in the Negative File. All vintage negatives have now been removed from the Negative file. Negative sleeves still show this prefix, but negatives are only referred to by Smyth's numbers in this finding aid.

A database was created to record the album and page number, image number, image title, and address and date in order to facilitate the use of the collection. Printouts of this database follow the finding aid. These lists are sorted by album and page number; by borough and address; and by image (negative) number. The database is also searchable by keyword for subjects.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into two series.

  1. Series I. Albums
  2. Series II. Negatives

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Autochromes
  • Glass negatives
  • Negatives
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographic prints
  • Transparencies

Subject Organizations

  • Equitable Building (New York, N.Y.)
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Company

Subject Topics

  • Fire departments--Officials and employees
  • Fire engines
  • Fire extinction--Equipment and supplies
  • Fire extinction--Equipment and supplies--Inspection
  • Fire fighters--Training of
  • Fireboats
  • Fires--New York (State)
  • Fires--New York--New York
  • Historic Buildings--New York (State)
  • Horse-drawn vehicles
  • Horseshoeing
  • Wagons

Subject Places

  • Bronx (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Robert E. Logan in 1958.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying will be undertaken by staff only, and is limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from:

Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
Two West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024

Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282
Fax: (212) 579-8794

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Frederick H. Smyth Collection of Fire Photographs, PR 063, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

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Container List

Series I: Albums

Scope and Contents note

The series consists of two disbound photograph albums together containing a total of 378 prints. Each album page measures 10 by 14 inches and holds between one and four prints. Each image was assigned a unique number by Smyth, and described by him on the verso of the page. The numbers correspond to the negatives in Series II, but the prints are not arranged by number in the albums.

Titles in the finding aid are based on, but not exact transcriptions of, the descriptions provided by Smyth.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 Album 1, pages 1 - 153
1899-1925
Page: 1 Gansevoort Street High-Pressure Pumping Station, exterior, Gansevoort & West Streets (Negative 244658)
Page: 1 High-pressure fire hydrant (Negative 244659)
Page: 1 Piano Factory Fire, West 49th Street (Negative 244660)
1909
Page: 1 Piano Factory Fire, fireboats being used, West 49th Street (Negative 244661)
1909
Page: 3 Piano Factory Fire, West 49th Street (Negatives 244662-244665)
1909
Page: 5 Piano Factory Fire, West 49th Street (Negatives 244666-244669)
1909
Page: 7 Piano Factory Fire, engines working, West 49th Street (Negative 244670)
1909
Page: 7 Factory Fire, West Broadway (Negative 244671-244673)
Page: 9 Factory Fire, West Broadway (Negatives 244674-244675)
Page: 9 Loft Building Fire, Mercer Street (Negatives 244676-244677)
[1913]
Page: 11 Loft Building Fire, Mercer Street (Negatives 244678-244680)
[1913]
Page: 11 Paper Warehouse Fire, Lafayette & White Streets (Negative 244681)
1912
Page: 13 Paper Warehouse Fire, Lafayette & White Streets (Negatives 244682-244684)
1912
Page: 13 Hay Wagon Fire (Negative 244685)
Page: 15 Hay Wagon Fire (Negative 244686)
Page: 15 Pier Fire, Rector Street (Negative 244687-244688)
1910
Page: 15 Apartment House Fire, 57th Street and 9th Avenue (Negative 244689)
1909
Page: 17 Ruins, National Biscuit Company Fire, East Side (Negative 244691)
[1906]
Page: 17 Factory Fire (Negative 244690)
Page: 17 Tenement House Fire, East Side (Negative 244692)
1908
Page: 17 Factory Fire, [541] West 34th Street (Negative 244693)
[1909]
Page: 19 Showing Firehose (Negative 263066)
Page: 19 Lumber Fire, West 29th Street (Negative 263067)
Page: 19 Oil fire, deck stream from water, South Street (Negative 263068)
Page: 19 Firehose Wagon No. 58 (Negative 263069)
Page: 21 Fenced shanty, Election Day (Negative 263062)
Page: 21 Extension ladder used at fire (Negative 263063)
Page: 21 Windsor Hotel Fire, rescuers at work, 571 Fifth Avenue (Negative 263064)
1899
Page: 21 High pressure test, West Street (Negative 263065)
1910
Page: 23 Shanty Fire (Negatives 244694-244696)
Page: 23 Factory Fire, Mott Street (Negative 244697)
1912
Page: 25 Factory Fire, Mott Street (Negatives 244698-244700)
1912
Page: 27 Factory Fire, Mott Street (Negative 244701)
1912
Page: 27 [Factory Fire] Fighting fire from upper floors and roofs, East 57th Street (Negative 244702)
1915
Page: 29 Factory Fire, East 57th Street (Negative 244703)
1915
Page: 29 Factory Fire, West 25th Street (Negative 244704)
1920
Page: 29 Fire Engine pumping, Broome Street and Broadway (Negative 244705)
1904
Page: 29 Equitable Building Fire, 120 Broadway (Negative 244706)
1912
Page: 31 Equitable Building Fire, 120 Broadway (Negatives 244707-244708)
1912
Page: 31 Fire in rubbish pile, 107th Street & Riverside Drive (Negative 244709)
Page: 31 Cellar Fire (Negative 244710)
1912
Page: 33 Cellar Fire (Negative 244711)
1912
Page: 33 Fire Engine pumping (Negative 244712)
1914
Page: 33 Oil Fire, taken from ferry boat, Jersey City (Negative 244713)
1911
Page: 33 Oil Fire, Jersey City (Negative 244714)
1911
Page: 35 Windsor Hotel Fire, 571 Fifth Avenue (Negative 410588-410589)
1899
Page: 37 Windsor Hotel Fire, 571 Fifth Avenue (Negative 410590)
1899
Page: 37 Ruins, car barns, West 42nd Street and 12th Avenue (Negative 410591)
1905
Page: 39 Interior telegraph room (Negative 410586)
1905
Page: 39 Windsor Hotel Fire, 571 Fifth Avenue (Negative 410587)
1899
Page: 41 Warehouse Fire, firemen taking up lines (Negative 263060)
Page: 41 Earle Warehouse Fire, South Street (Negative 263061)
Page: 43 Garbage Fire, West 96th Street (Negative 106252)
1911
Page: 43 Oil Warehouse Fire, Water Street. Chief Walsh (in white hat) later killed in Equitable Building Fire (Negative 106253)
1911
Page: 45 Oil Warehouse Fire, firemen with lines, Water Street (Negative 106254)
1911
Page: 45 Oil Warehouse Fire, Water Street (Negative 106255)
1911
Page: 47 Oil Warehouse Fire, fire engines at work, Water Street (Negative 106256)
1911
Page: 47 Warehouse Fire, East 129th Street & Third Avenue (Negative 106257)
Page: 49 Warehouse Fire, East 129th Street & Third Avenue (Negative 106258-106259)
Page: 51 Lipton Tea Warehouse Fire, No. 27 High Pressure Wagon, ice-coated, 96 Hudson Street (Negative 106260-106261)
1909
Page: 53 Lipton Tea Warehouse Fire, ruins, 96 Hudson Street (Negatives 106262-106263)
1909
Page: 55 Loft Building Fire, Broadway & Houston Street (Negatives 106264-106265)
1912
Page: 57 Loft Building Fire, Broadway & Houston Street (Negatives 106266-106267)
1912
Page: 59 Loft Building Fire, 11th Street & Broadway (Negatives 106268-106269)
Page: 61 Loft Building Fire, 11th Street & Broadway (Negatives 106270-106271)
Page: 63 Loft Building Fire, 11th Street & Broadway (Negatives 106272-106273)
Page: 65 Loft Building Fire, 11th Street & Broadway, from University Place (Negatives 106274-106275)
Page: 67 Loft Building Fire, 11th Street & Broadway (Negative 106276)
Page: 67 Loft Building Fire, strong stream of water from tower, 11th Street & Broadway (Negative 106277)
Page: 69 Loft Building Fire, four lines connected to high pressure hydrant, 11th Street & Broadway (Negative 106278)
Page: 69 Loft Building Fire, water tower at work, 11th Street & Broadway (Negative 106279)
Page: 71 Equitable Building Fire, as it started, 120 Broadway (Negatives 106280-106281)
1912
Page: 73 Equitable Building Fire, 120 Broadway (Negatives 106283-106284)
1912
Page: 75 Equitable Building Fire, 120 Broadway (Negative 106284)
1912
Page: 75 Equitable Building Fire, ice-coated facade, 120 Broadway (Negative 106285)
1912
Page: 77 Equitable Building Fire, 120 Broadway (Negatives 106286-106287)
1912
Page: 79 Equitable Building Fire, Engine No. 13 ice-coated, 120 Broadway (Negative 106288)
1912
Page: 79 Equitable Building Fire, 120 Broadway (Negative 106289)
1912
Page: 81 Fire Chief John Kenlon at the Equitable Building Fire, 120 Broadway (Negatives 106290-106291)
1912
Page: 83 Triangle Waist Co. Factory Fire, Washington Place & Greene Street (Negative 106292-106293)
1911
Page: 85 Triangle Waist Co. Factory Fire, Washington Place and Greene Street (Negatives 106294-106295)
1911
Page: 87 Triangle Waist Co. Factory Fire, Washington Place & Greene Street (Negative 106296-106297)
1911
Page: 89 3rd Alarm Fire, West 67th Street & West End Avenue (Negative 106298)
1913
Page: 89 3rd Alarm Fire, Engine No. 39, West 67th Street & West End Avenue (Negative 106299)
1913
Page: 91 Bronx Fire, East 149th Street & Third Avenue (Negative 106301)
1912 [1911]
Page: 92 Fire Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo at Bronx Fire, East 149th Street & Third Avenue (Negative 106302)
1912 [1911]
Page: 92 Bronx Fire, rescue scene, East 149th Street & Third Avenue, (Negative 106303)
1912
Page: 93 Bronx Fire, East 149th Street & Third Avenue, (Negatives 106304-106305)
1912 [1911]
Page: 95 Bronx Fire, Fire Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo and his secretary Winfield Sheehan, 149th Street & Third Avenue. (Negatives 106306-106307)
1911
Page: 97 Bronx Factory Fire, Fire Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo and Deputy Fire Commissioner Joseph Johnson, 149th Street & Third Avenue (Negative 106308)
1911
Page: 97 Bronx Department Store Fire, East 132nd Street & Third Avenue, (Negative 106309)
Page: 99 Express Building Fire, Searchlight Engine at work, 11th Street & Seventh Avenue, (Negative 106310-106311)
Page: 101 Express Building Fire, Searchlight Engine at work, 11th Street & Seventh Avenue (Negative 106312)
Page: 101 Building Fire, Wooster Street, (Negative 106313)
Page: 103 Building Fire, water towers and roof stream, Wooster Street (Negative 106314)
Page: 103 Fire engines at work, West 43rd Street near Eleventh Avenue (Negative 106315)
Page: 105 Fire engines at work, West 43rd Street near Eleventh Avenue (Negative 106316)
Page: 105 Garage Fire, auto-pumping engine, West 69th Street & West End Avenue (Negative 106317)
Page: 107 Fire, smoke from engine, Water Street (Negative 106318)
1911
Page: 107 Delaware Lackawanna Ferry Fire (Negative 106319)
1909
Page: 109 5th Alarm Fire, Wallpaper Factory, West 34th Street & Eleventh Avenue (Negative 106320)
1909
Page: 109 Ruins of Dreamland, Coney Island (Negative 106321)
1911
Page: 111 Ruins of Dreamland, Coney Island (Negative 106322)
1911
Page: 111 Ruins, Brooklyn Fire (Negative 106323)
Page: 113 Burned Mail Wagons (Negative 106324)
1914
Page: 113 Dangerous condition of fire escapes (Negative 106325)
1912
Page: 115 Oil Fire, Jersey City (Negatives 244715-244717)
1911
Page: 115 Fire Department officials at explosion, West 23rd Street & Broadway (Negative 244718)
1914
Page: 117 Explosion, West 23rd Street & Broadway (Negative 244719-244722)
1914
Page: 119 City officials at explosion, West 23rd Street & Broadway (Negative 244723)
1914
Page: 119 Subway cave-in, West 24th Street & Seventh Avenue (Negatives 244724-244725)
1913
Page: 119 Fireboats (Negative 244726)
Page: 121 Casino Theater Fire (Negative 254839)Casino Theater Fire (Negative 254839)
1925 [?]
Page: 121 Boys building a fire in the street, Election Night (Negative 254840)
1925 [?]
Page: 121 Traffic policeman clearing traffic, 1410 Broadway (Negative 254841)
1925 [?]
Page: 123 Launching Fireboat "W.J. Gaynor" (Negatives 106228-106229)
1912
Page: 125 Launching Fireboat "W.J. Gaynor" (Negatives 106230-106231)
1912
Page: 127 Fireboat "Thomas Willett" (Negatives 106232-106233)
1913
Page: 129 Fireboat "Thomas Willett" (Negatives 106234-106235)
1913
Page: 131 Fireboat "Thomas Willett" test of streams (Negatives 106236-106237)
1913
Page: 133 Fireboat "Thomas Willett" (Negative 106238)
1913
Page: 133 Auxiliary Fireboat "Velox" for use of Fire Chief (Negative 106239)
1913
Page: 135 Fireboats in action off the Battery (Negatives 106240-106241)
1913
Page: 137 Fireboats in action off the Battery (Negatives 106242-106243)
1913
Page: 139 Fireboats off the Battery (Negatives 106244-106245)
1913
Page: 143 Fireboats in action (Negative 106248)
Page: 143 Fireboats at Garbage Fire, West 96th Street Pier (Negative 106249)
1914
Page: 145 Fireboats at Garbage Fire, West 96th Street Pier (Negative 106250-106251)
1914
Page: 147 Test on NY Times Building, West 41st Street & Broadway (Negative 410592)
1908
Page: 147 Fireboat "New Yorker", interior pilot house (Negative 410593)
1909
Page: 149 Fire Chief John Kenlon and water turret of fireboat "New Yorker" (Negative 410594-410595)
1909
Page: 151 Fire Chief John Kenlon and water turret of fireboat "New Yorker" (Negative 410596)
1909
Page: 153 Fireboat "New Yorker" in action (Negative 410597-410598)
1908-1909
Box: 2 Album 2, pages 1 - 179
1904-1926
Page: 1 Copy of a lithograph depicting the Volunteer Fire Department, 'The American Fireman, Facing the Enemy" (Negative 410558)
Page: 1 Copy of a lithograph depicting the Volunteer Fire Department fighting the Barnum's Museum Fire (Negative 410559)
Page: 3 Copy of a lithograph depicting the Volunteer Fire Department on the way to a fire (Negatives 410560-410561)
Page: 5 Copy of a lithograph depicting the Volunteer Fire Department (Negative 410562)
Page: 5 Copy of a lithograph depicting the Volunteer Fire Department, engine passing Worth Monument at Madison Square (Negative 410563)
Page: 7 Mayor William J. Gaynor inspecting new automotive fire apparatus [engine] (Negative 106107)
1913
Page: 7 Mayor William J. Gaynor and Fire Commissioner Joseph Johnson inspecting new fire alarm box at City Hall (Negative 106108)
1913
Page: 9 Mayor William J. Gaynor turning in a fire alarm at City Hall (Negative 106109)
1911
Page: 11 Fire alarm box (Negatives 106110-106111)
1911
Page: 13 Fire alarm signal box, interior (Negatives 106112-106113)
1911
Page: 15 Fire alarm signal box, interior (Negative 106114)
1911
Page: 17 Fire Chief John Kenlon (Negatives 106121-106122)
1912
Page: 19 Fire Chief John Kenlon (Negatives 106123-106124)
1912
Page: 21 Dr. Harry M. Archer, Honorary Deputy Fire Chief (Negatives 106125-106126)
Page: 23 Deputy Fire Chief John Binns, in car with driver, at 100 Duane Street, Engine Company 7 (Negatives 106127-106128)
1906
Page: 25 Deputy Fire Chief John Binns, in car with driver, at 100 Duane Street, Engine Company 7 (Negative 106129)
1906
Page: 27 Copy of a lithograph depicting the Volunteer Fire Department (Negative 410564)
Page: 27 Deputy FIre Chief John Binns, in car with driver, at 205 West 77th Street, Hook and Ladder 25 (Negative 410567)
[1906]
Page: 29
Page: 29 Deputy Fire Chief John Binns in car with unidentified fireman (Negative 410566)
1906
Page: 29 Deputy Fire Chief John Binns, in car with unidentified fireman, at 205 West 77th Street, Hook and Ladder Company 25 (Negative 410567)
1907
Page: 33 Fire Chief Edward F. Croker and opera singer Madam Nellie Melba inspecting a firehouse at West 43rd Street (Negative 410570)
[1910]
Page: 33 Firemen wearing their medals (Negative 410571)
1904
Page: 35 4th of July Parade, Chief Edward F. Croker riding in car with other Fire Department officials, Fifth Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets. (Negative 106150)
1910
Page: 35 4th of July Parade, led by Cavalry, Fifth Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets (Negative 106151)
1910
Page: 37 4th of July Parade, Searchlight Engine and Engine 26, Fifth Avenue between 14th & 15th Streets (Negative 106153)
1910
Page: 39 4th of July Parade, Searchlight Engine and Engine 26, Fifth Avenue between 14th & 15th Streets (Negative 106154)
1910
Page: 37
Page: 39
Page: 39 4th of July Parade, Engine Company with High Pressure Wagon, Fifth Avenue between 14th & 15th Streets (Negative 106155)
1910
Page: 41 4th of July Parade, Engine Company, High Pressure Wagon Fifth Avenue between 14th & 15th Streets (Negative 106156)
1910
Page: 41 4th of July Parade, Hook & Ladder Company, High Pressure Wagon, Fifth Avenue between 14th & 15th Streets (Negative 106157)
1910
Page: 43 4th of July Parade, Hook & Ladder Company, Fifth Avenue between 14th & 15th Streets (Negative 106158)
1910
Page: 43 4th of July Parade, Water Tower Company, Fifth Avenue between 14th & 15th Streets (Negative 106159)
1910
Page: 45 Volunteer Firefighters on float in Hudson-Fulton Parade (Negatives 244634-244636)
1909
Page: 45 Fire Chief Edward F. Croker and firemen at an East Side fire (Negative 244637)
1909
Page: 47 Spanish American War Veterans of the Fire Department, at West 76th Street near Riverside Drive (Negative 106130)
1912
Page: 47 Army & Navy men of the Fire Department, at West 76th Street near Riverside Drive (Negative 106131)
1912
Page: 49 Fire Department Women's Auxiliary Club group portrait (Negative 106132)
Page: 51 Firemen being honored with medals at City Hall (Negatives 106133-106134)
March 20, 1913
Page: 53 Firemen being honored with medals at City Hall (Negative 106135)
March 20, 1913
Page: 55 Firemen being honored with medals at City Hall (Negative 106136)
1913
Page: 55 Firemen lined up in formation, West 86th Street & Riverside Drive (Negative 106137)
1913
Page: 57 Fire Department parade, horse and wagon (Negative 106138)
Page: 57 Fire Department medal ceremony with the Mayor, West 86th Street & Riverside Drive
Page: 59 Fire Department medal ceremony with the Mayor, West 86th Street & Riverside Drive (Negative 106140)
Page: 59 Fire Department medal ceremony with the Mayor, West 86th Street & Riverside Drive (Negative 106141)
Page: 61 Fire Department medal ceremony with the Mayor, Union Square (Negative 106142)
1916
Page: 61 Fire Department horse and wagon, Union Square (Negative 106143)
1916
Page: 63 Fire Department Drill, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx (Negative 106144-106145)
1913
Page: 65 Fire Department Drill, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx (Negatives 106146-106147)
1913
Page: 67 Fire Department Drill, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx (Negatives 106148-106149)
1913
Page: 69 Battalion Chief on way to a fire in horse-drawn carriage (Negatives 244638-244639)
Page: 69 Probationary firemen with scaling ladders, 157 East 67th Street (Negatives 244640-244641)
1910
Page: 71 Probationary firemen with scaling ladder, 157 East 67th Street (Negative 244642)
1910
Page: 71 Surgeons at work [police and firemen at an excavation site] (Negative 244643)
Page: 71 Rescue Company fire engine (Negative 244644)
Page: 71 Firemen honored with medals (Negative 244645)
1912
Page: 73 Mayor John P. Mitchel throwing out ball at FDNY-NYPD baseball game (Negative 244646)
1912 [1914]
Page: 73 Auto Fire Engine, Engine Company 58 (Negatives 244647-244648)
1911
Page: 73 Hook & Ladder Company 26 on way to a fire, Madison Avenue & East 114th Street (Negative 244649)
1906
Page: 75 Fire Department horseshoe wagon outside firehouse, 120 West 83rd Street (Negative 106115-106116)
1909
Page: 77 Fire Department horseshoe wagon outside firehouse, 120 West 83rd Street (Negative 106117-106118)
1909
Page: 79 Fire Department horse (Negatives 106119-106120)
1913
Page: 81 Firehouse interior, Hook and Ladder Company 25 wagon, 205 West 77th Street (Negative 410572)
1906
Page: 81 Firehouse interior, Hook & Ladder Company 25 hitching up horses to wagon, 205 West 77th Street (Negative 410573)
1906
Page: 83 Hook and Ladder Company 25 raising ladder, 205 West 77th Street (Negatives 410574-410575)
1908
Page: 85 Firehouse interior, apparatus floor, Engine Company 76, 105 West 102nd Street (Negatives 410576-410577)
1906-1907
Page: 87 Firehouse interior, bunk room, Engine Company 76, 105 West 102 Street (Negative 410578)
1904
Page: 87 Engine Company 74 on the way to a fire, West 78th Street & Broadway (Negative 410579)
1904
Page: 89 Firehouse exterior, Engine Company 31, 87 Lafayette Street (Negative 410580)
1908
Page: 89 Firehouse interior, bunk room, Hook and Ladder Company 7, (Negative 410581)
1906
Page: 91 Firehouse interior, recreation floor, Hook & Ladder Company 7, (Negatives 410582-410583)
1906
Page: 93 Firehouse interior, recreation floor, Hook & Ladder Company 7, (Negative 410584)
1906
Page: 93 Firehouse interior, fireman on house watch (Negative 410585)
1906
Page: 95 Interior of Gansevoort Street High-Pressure Pumping Station, Gansevoort & West Streets (Negatives 106160-106161)
1910
Page: 97 Interior of Gansevoort Street High-Pressure Pumping Station, Gansevoort & West Streets (Negatives 106162-106163)
1910
Page: 99 Interior of Gansevoort Street High-Pressure Pumping Station, Gansevoort & West Streets (Negatives 106164-1061650
1910
Page: 101 High-Pressure Fire Engine (Negative 106166)
1909
Page: 101 High-Pressure Pumping System test, Pier 51 (Negative 106167)
1909
Page: 103 High-Pressure Pumping System test, West & Bank Streets (Negative 106168)
1908
Page: 103 High-Pressure Pumping System test, Union Square (Negative 106169)
1910
Page: 105 High-Pressure Pumping System test, West & Bank Streets, (Negatives 106170-106171)
1908
Page: 107 High-Pressure Pumping System test, West & Bank Streets, (Negatives 106172-106173)
1908
Page: 109 High-Pressure Pumping System test, West & Bank Streets, (Negative 106174)
1908
Page: 109 Engine Company 56, firemen and wagon outside of firehouse, 120 West 83rd Street (Negative 106175)
1908
Page: 111 High-Pressure fire hydrant with hoses attached (Negative 263058)
Page: 111 Fire Patrol 5, firemen outside firehouse (Negative 263059)
Page: 113 Engine Company 93, exterior of firehouse, 513 West 181 Street (Negative 263070)
Page: 113 Crowd at factory fire (Negative 263071)
Page: 113 Municipal Parade, Chief of Fire Department and aides (Negative 263072)
1910
Page: 113 Detail of a pump at the High Pressure Pumping Station, Gansevoort and West Streets (Negative 263073)
Page: 115 Water tower in action at a fire (Negative 263074)
Page: 115 Wallpaper Factory Fire, West 34th Street & Eleventh Avenue (Negative 263075)
1909
Page: 115 Fire alarm station, interior (Negative 263076)
Page: 117 Engine Company 56, firemen and wagons outside firehouse, 120 West 83rd Street (Negatives 106176-106177)
1907
Page: 119 Engine Company 56, firemen and wagon outside firehouse, 120 West 83rd Street (Negative 106178)
1907
Page: 119 Engine Company 56 on the way to a fire (Negative 106179)
1907
Page: 121 Engine Company 56 on the way to a fire (Negative 106180)
1907
Page: 121 Engine Company 83, Bronx (Negative 106181)
Page: 123 Engine Company 83, Bronx (Negatives 106182-106183)
1910
Page: 125 Engine Company 83, Bronx (Negative 106184)
Page: 125 Engine Company 35, 223 East 119th Street (Negative 106185)
1910
Page: 127 Auto fire engine at hydrant (Negative 255344)
1925
Page: 127 Fire surgeon at work (Negative 255345)
1925
Page: 129 High-Pressure Hose Company 30, Pier 35 (Negative 106187)
1910
Page: 131 High-Pressure Hose Company 30, Pier 35 (Negatives 106188-106189)
1910
Page: 133 High-Pressure Hose Company 30, Pier 35 (Negative 106190)
1910
Page: 133 High-Pressure Hose Company 72, 22 East 12th Street (Negative 106191)
1911
Page: 135 High-Pressure Hose Company 72, 22 East 12th Street (Negatives 106192-106193)
1911
Page: 137 Firehouse exterior, Engine Company 93 and Hook & Ladder 45, 513 181st Street (Negative 106194)
Page: 137 Engine Company 93, firemen and two fire engines, on Washington (Heights) Bridge
Page: 139 Engine Company 93, firemen and two fire engines outside firehouse, 513 West 181st Street (Negatives 106196-106197)
Page: 141 Engine Company 93, firemen and two fire engines, Washington (Heights) Bridge (Negative 106198)
Page: 141 Engine Company 7, high-pressure service, firemen and fire engine, 100 Duane Street (Negative 106199)
Page: 143 Engine Company 7, high-pressure service, firemen and fire engine outside firehouse, 100 Duane Street (Negatives 106200-106201)
Page: 145 Hook & Ladder Company 2, firehouse exterior, 126 East 50th Street (Negative 106202)
Page: 145 Hook & Ladder Company 2, firehouse interior, 129 East 50th Street (Negative 106203)
Page: 147 Hook & Ladder Company 2, firemen and fire engine outside firehouse, 126 East 50th Street, (Negatives 106204-106205)
Page: 149 Hook & Ladder Company 2, firemen and fire engine, 126 East 50th Street (Negatives 106206-106207)
Page: 151 Fire Patrol 4, 120 West 83rd Street (Negative 106208)
Page: 151 Water Tower 1, firemen with apparatus, 87 Lafayette Street (Negative 106209)
Page: 153 Water Tower 1, firemen with apparatus, 87 Lafayette Street (Negative 106210)
Page: 153 Model Steam Fire Engine (Negative 106211)
1906
Page: 155 Model Steam Fire Engine (Negative 106212-106213)
1906
Page: 157 Model Steam Fire Engine (Negative 106214-106215)
1906
Page: 159 Model Steam Fire Engine (Negative 106216)
1906
Page: 159 Model Firehouse (Negative 106217)
1911
Page: 161 City Budget Exhibit, Volunteer Fire Engines (Negative 106218)
1911
Page: 161 City Budget Exhibit, Map showing locations of firehouses (Negative 106219)
1911
Page: 163 City Budget Exhibit, Chart showing appropriations for Fire Department (Negative 106220)
1911
Page: 163 City Budget Exhibit, Display showing budget appropriations since consolidation (Negative 106221)
1911
Page: 165 City Budget Exhibit, Map showing locations of firehouses (Negatives 106222-106223)
1911
Page: 167 City Budget Exhibit, Municipal Explosives Commission display (Negative 106224)
1911
Page: 167 City Budget Exhibit, Division of Apparatuus and Repair Shop Supplies diplay (Negative 106225)
1911
Page: 169 City Budget Exhibit, Auto fire engine remodeled by the Fire Department Repair Shop (Negative 106266)
1911
Page: 169 City Budget Exhibit, display showing 185 years of fire apparatus development (Negative 106227)
1911
Page: 171 Hook & Ladder Company 26 (Negative 244650)
Page: 171 Fire engine on way to fire, [West] 58th Street (Negative 244651)
Page: 171 Fire Patrol 5, West 120th Street (Negatives 244652-244653)
Page: 173 Fire Patrol 5, West 120th Street (Negative 244654)
Page: 173 Engine Company 76 on way to a fire (Negatives 244655-244656)
1914
Page: 173 High-Pressure Pumping Station, Gansevoort Street (Negative 244657)
Page: 175 Dedication of Firemen's Monument at 100th Street & Riverside Drive (Negative 263056)
Sept. 5, 1913
Page: 175 Ice-coated ruins of a building fire (Negative 263057)
Page: 177 Funeral of a fireman killed in a fire (Negative 259125)
1926
Page: 177 Engine Company 39 and Hook & Ladder Company 16 firehouse, 157-159 East 67th Street (Negative 259126)
1926
Page: 179 Fire Department Medal Ceremony (Negative 263164)
1908

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Series II: Negatives

Scope and Contents note

This series includes 405 negatives. Fifty of these are film, the remainder are glass, primarily 5 x 7 inches. Smyth numbered each in the emulsion. The negatives are filed numerically and, as mentioned above, this order does not correspond to the page numbering system in the albums of prints. Thirty images are glass transparencies or autochromes, and therefore do not have corresponding prints in Series I. These are interfiled numerically with the negatives.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 3 Numbers 106107 - 106139
1906-1913, undated
Box: 4 Numbers 106140 - 106170
1908-1916
Box: 5 Numbers 106171 - 106205
1907-1911, undated
Box: 6 Numbers 106206 - 106240
1906-1913, undated
Box: 7 Numbers 106241 - 106275
1909-1914, undated
Box: 8 Numbers 106276 - 106305
1911-1913, undated
Box: 9 Numbers 106306 - 106340
1909-1914, undated
Box: 10 Numbers 106341 - 106354, 244634 - 244660
1904-1914, undated
Box: 11 Numbers 244661 - 244715
1904-1920, undated
Box: 12 Numbers 244716 - 244726, 254839 - 254841, 255344 - 255345, 259125 - 259126, 263056 - 263076, 263164
1899-1926, undated
Box: 13 Numbers 410558 - 410596
1899-1909, undated

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