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Colark Ship Models

Fire Engine Model, c. 1934
Bakelite, iron, brass, 8 1/4 × 14 × 4 1/2 inches
References: Garvan and Wojtowicz 1977, 127, illus.
RS 6337


This model represents a double-decker endstroke engine that was built by John Rodgers of Baltimore for the Friendship Fire Company of Alexandria, Virginia, in 1849. This engine took part in the fight to extinguish the fire at the U.S. Capitol in 1851. Colark Ship Models produced this model during the mid-1930s in response to a revival of interest in old volunteer fire companies. This example was probably assembled by Harold Gillingham, a local insurance agent and historian.



  


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