KULCHUR - Vol. 2 No. 5 - Spring 1962
EAU DE COLOGNE [First Two Issues]
FUCK YOU: A Magazine of the Arts - Number 5, Vol. 4
JADE PRESENTS ... IGGY POP [Concert Flyer]
NAKED CITY [Ex-Libris Ralph Ingersoll, Founder of PM Newspaper]

[Photo Album Documenting Tests of NYC High Pressure Fire Hydrants]

[Photography]: [Infrastructure]: [Firefighting]

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Price: $3,500.00

New York: ca. 1908. Oblong 16mo. commericial black cloth album. Contains 72 gelatin silver prints mounted to rectos and versos of 25 black card leaves. As large as 8.5" by 6.5", and as small as 3" by 2", but majority approx. 6" by 3". Also includes letter-size folded sheet listing member organizations of the National Fire Protection Association, apparently printed by New York's Committtee on High Pressure Fire Service Systems. Album appears complete. One leaf detached, photos a bit tinted, else about fine. (Item ID: 19868)

Album containing a remarkable series of photographs documenting the installation and testing of New Yorkís high-pressure fire hydrant system. Built between 1905 and 1914 in response to the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904, an urban fire that decimated large swaths of the city, the project was one of many nationwide municipal efforts to improve firefighting at the dawn of the skyscaper age. New Yorkís, however, was doubtless the largest (the member list shows at least 100 local bureaus) and the most urgent. As Technical World Magazine noted at the time of the project's conclusion: "Should the fire be in a thirty or forty story skyscraper [...] only a pair or three hydrants need to be connected [...] and clear to the top floor leaps a deluge which all the engines in Greater New York could not begin to force." This deluge is well-documented in these photographs. They reveal ó often to majestic effect ó numerous large-scale tests of the system: dozens of firefighters gathering to spray water high into the air. With their epic scale and synchronized action, these pictures exhibit a beauty that belies what must have been their utilitarian and documentary origins. Indeed, other photos show pipes being laid, equipment, and other elements of construction. Though one haunting image captures a street urchin standing beside a hydrant. An exceptional album executed by an accomplished photographer documenting a major New York municipal project.

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