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American Funeral Vehicles: 1883-2003
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|November 8, 2003

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The most complete, in-depth book on hearses and funeral cars ever! Beginning with horse drawn, highly ornate hearses up to today's motorized vehicles, this book takes you through the complete history of 20th Century hearses. Follow the overall style development…
Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Fire Engine Manufacturers

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From Abbott & Downing to Zwak, this comprehensive volume combines company histories, innovations and hundreds of photographs to present the story of American fire engine manufacturing. The objective of this book was to compile as comprehensive and complete a list…
Fire Trucks of the 1950s
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|December 1, 2011

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American motor fire apparatus design reached its high-water mark in the 1950s. Every one of the nation's major fire apparatus manufacturers boasted uniquely individual custom fire truck designs. Unlike the look-alike cookie-cutter shoeboxes of today, back then a…
100 Years Of American Lafrance
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|May 19, 2005

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From the creation of the American-LaFrance Fire Engine Co. in 1904 through the company's latest deliveries in 2004, McCall provides insight into the company's often complex corporate history with emphasis on the development of ALF motor fire apparatus.…
Carved-Panel Hearses: An Illustrated History 1933-1948

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In 1933 the Sayers & Scovill Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio and The Eureka Co. of Rock Falls, Illinois, introduced a daring new departure in funeral car design. This stunning, semi-streamlined new hearse design featured richly-carved imitation drapery…
The Evolution of Aerial Fire Apparatus
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|June 15, 2009

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An inventive machinist in the San Francisco Fire Department repair shop, Daniel D. Hayes patented the first successful aerial ladder in America in 1868. At first these heavy ladders were raised by hand, by firefighters furiously turning cranks and handwheels.…
Weller Brothers of Memphis
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|May 15, 2010

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Weller Brothers was one of no fewer than four independent hearse and ambulance conversion businesses that flourished in the 1950s and 1960s. Unlike most other coachbuilders, Weller designed and fabricated hearses and ambulances on virtually any make of car…
Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five Series Limousines 1937-1987 Photo Archive

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From the late 1930s through the mid-1980s, it was truly the Cadillac of Cadillacs—the car of choice for the titans of American business, government and the entertainment industry. The stately long-wheelbase Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five Eight-Passenger…
City Service Hook & Ladder Trucks and Quads

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Long before there were aerial ladder trucks, there were city service hook and ladder trucks. For many years, long-wheelbase, straight-frame city service hook and ladder trucks were standard offerings in the product catalogs of most fire apparatus manufacturers.…
Funeral Service & Flower Cars Photo Archive

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Throughout history, flowers have accompanied the deceased to their final resting place. At first, flowers were carried in the hearse with the casket, or in a separate carriage. With the advent of the automobile funeral, flowers were transported to the church or…
Ahrens-Fox Fire Apparatus Photo Archive
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|November 1, 2008

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Of all the companies that built motor fire apparatus in America in the 20th century, none has acquired the cult-like devotion accorded the unique products of the Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. With its front-mounted piston pump surmounted by…