A London Fireman

This striking portrait of a London fireman was taken in the late 1800s. The steam engine behind him was used to power the water pump that provided the jet of water. In the early days, firemen would only attempt to extinguish fires at houses that displayed a plaque on the wall to show that they were insured with the company that employed the fire brigade. If there was no plaque or the wrong plaque, they let it burn!

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