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The Green Tree: Highlights from the Collection of the Mutual Assurance Company of Philadelphia - April 2007
 
 
painting
 
Currier & Ives
after John Cameron (born c. 1828)
The Life of a Fireman: The Metropolitan System, 1866
Lithograph, 16 7/8 × 26 1/8 inches
Inscribed (in plate): “New York, Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St./J. Cameron, Del./Lith Currier & Ives, N.Y./Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1866, by Currier & Ives, in the Clerk’s office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of New York.”
RS 6228


The conversion from hand-pumper to steam-powered engines in New York was completed by 1865, and the old volunteer fire companies were replaced by a professional fire department. The following year Currier & Ives issued a sixth and last print designed by the Scottish-born lithographer John Cameron (born c. 1828) to its “Life of a Fireman” series to acknowledge this development. Cameron was active in New York City from 1848 to 1862.

  


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