Fire & Police

Civil War Fire Engine: 1865

Civil War Fire Engine: 1865

Civil War firefighting equipment, Fire Engine No. 3, Richmond, Virginia. Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, fallen Richmond, April-June 1865. LOC original medium: wet collodion glass stereograph.

Street Corner Policeman, Quebec, Canada: 1937

Street Corner Policeman, Quebec, Canada: 1937

Policeman directing traffic on street corner, Québec, Canada. Photo taken in 1937 by photographer Arthur Rothstein. FSA/OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: 35 mm nitrate negative.

Secret Service Uniformed Force Alarm System: 1938

Secret Service Uniformed Force Alarm System: 1938

Alarm system of the Treasury Department, United States Secret Service, Uniformed Force, 1938. Harris & Ewing, photographer. LOC original medium: glass negative.

Champion Swinger: 1937

Champion Swinger: 1937

After 35 years of "swinging" Detective Sergeant Richard "Dick" Cox of the Washington D.C. Police Department, was crowned champion Indian Club Swinger of the World. He was awarded the honor in New York City after competing with other experts for the title left vacant by the death of Gus Hill, well known sportsman and promoter.

Biplane on Parade: early 1900s

Biplane on Parade: early 1900s

4th of July Parade with bi-plane being pulled on a flatbed, antique cars, police, and crowds. No date with photo. Bain News Service, publisher. LOC original medium: glass negative.

Firefighting Invention: 1911

Firefighting Invention: 1911

James D. Halloran, a fireman attached to Engine Company No. 20 of New York City (FDNY), invented the smoke mask. Demonstration with three firemen wearing the masks. Photo by Underwood and Underwood, 1911. LOC original medium: photographic print.

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