Saturday, May 5, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 - Fire Museum

1982 American LaFrance, built in Elmira, New York
Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back, and weekly shadow hunting is a must for this weekend meme.Last week, Patti and I were invited to the soft opening of the new Ansonia (Connecticut) Fire Museum, a very unique and local one set in our small city. Given our size (19,000), this is a fine one, showcasing our history of fire fighting. Given that there were no benefactors, the work, dedication and passion of the local volunteer department has led to a magnificent look at our history.

1962 American LaFrance
1946 Mack, built in Allentown Pennsylvania














There are several old trucks sitting inside this building, the old machine shop in the original school. We see in these three vehicles the improvements over the three years from open cabs to now enclosed and safer places for the ride to the fires. There was talk of replacing the old wood floor, but those familiar with restoration were concerned with the oil soaked wood. Instead, the stained floor reflects the many eras of hard work above them. An honest style that I hope is not restored...


A final look through the historic Ansonia photos brought the real, in the day and now old school fire apparatus. This of course are the two-horsepower equine engines known as Mollie and Dollie. The technology has gone a long way from the old to the new. A great small city museum of which we are all proud...see more shadowy art at SSS2!

18 comments:

Paula Scott said...

How wonderful to have a fire museum in your city! I thought of you too, last week when I was at an antique car show. Will need to post those images here at SSS2 somewhere along the line!
Those fire trucks are beautiful.

Chubby Chieque said...

What an educational post. You are one outstanding blogger I know in bloglandia, BRO! Keep up the good work.

Nice subtle shadows too.

Have a blessed w/end.
/C

Sylvia K said...

What an interesting post for the day, Ralph! I loved reading the history! And shadow shots for a bonus!! How good is that! Hope you and Patti have a great weekend! Enjoy!

Sylvia

robin. said...

so very cool ralph!! what an amazing collection/history!! hope all is well in your space.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

What fun Ralph....that is a nice little treasure to have nearby! It seems when my oldest was younger we visited more firestation and firetruck museums that I care to count! I miss those days, and this brought a smile to my face!! have a great weekend!

Kelly said...

This is a fun museum you have in your hometown and I enjoyed all the shadows and reflections amongst the chrome. Loved that last photo of Mollie & Dollie!

John McElveen said...

As a Paramedic all I can do is say Thanks Ralph for this great post! Stunning Photos and great sentiment for me!

John

Crafty Green Poet said...

looks like a very interesting museum!

Joan said...

Oh yes, I agree... leave the wood floor as is.
So interesting to see all the many years.

Gemma Wiseman said...

One very impressive piece of red metal representing years of trials and challenges and still shining!

Genie said...

Thanks so much for your comment on the memorial to Audie Murphy. It is a beautiful spot. Your post this week is a real keeper. My grandchildren adore them just as I did a a little girl. There is something magical about them until there is a forrest fire so close to your home you are told to be on alert for evacuation. I posted about this in past days. It was a traumatic experience - 5 of them going at the same time here in our part of VA. Take care and have a nice Sunday.genie

chubskulit said...

Very neat antiques!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I'm so dazzled by all the shiny metal that the shadows take second place!

Shadowy Stone

bj said...

I love this post, Ralph. You always have the most interesting photos and stories.
When our kids were little, we visited fire stations often...then, again with grands. :)

Beverley Baird said...

Great shadows for the week! Love the different fire trucks - they sure look well cared for!

BLOGitse said...

Those fire trucks look like new, so shiny.
Have a good week Ralph!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Oh Ralph, I really, really like this array of images for SSS2. Well done.

toby said...

Great find, Ralph! Beautiful and interesting, all wrapped up together!