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Publisher: THE INSURANCE COMPANY OF NORTH AMERICA.
Title: A Map of the City of Philadelphia, showing the Location of the Volunteer Fire Companies. . .
Published in: Philadelphia, 1938
   
Size: 21.5 x 30.0 inches.
54.5 x 76.2 cm.
Coloring:

In original colours.
Condition: In excellent condition, linen backed. Minor discolouration to lower left corner, light water stains.
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A fine, large pictorial plan of the City of Philadelphia, baased on the drawing by Jacob Riegel in 1937, which itself was based on an earlier work dating back to 1794.
A first (and probably only) edition of this plan. The plan beautifully illustrates the city's historic volunteer Fire Departments. It shows the modern Downtown area of the city, between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. Either side of bthe Downtown area are (left) a reference table listing some 36 (A-Ll) different Engine & Fire Houses, along with important and significant buildings (1-33). The numbers correspond to numbers on the plan.
To the right are: the city coat-of-arms, the orginal plan dedication to Thomas Miffin (Govenor and Commander-in-Chief of the State of Pennsylvania), a state building and a scale of feet.
Surrounding the plan are numerous illustrations depicting the history of the 'Union Fire Company'. There are scenes of volunteer fire fighters, their early fire fighting equipment and the fighting of fires. There are also vignettes of the different fire company's fire hats, and emblems / logos. Along the base of the plan are sketches of "Model [Fire] Engines in the Collection ofTthe Insurance Company of North America", together with portraits of an early firefighter and his modern counterpart.
Along the top of the plan are a series of figures representing the uniforms of various firemen and their companies. A nice unusual item in very good condition.




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