PORTRAIT OF A FIREFIGHTER IN READING, PENNSYLVANIA

firemanThe cabinet card gallery has over a dozen photographs by photographer John D. Strunk. This image joins two other fireman portraits by the prolific Mr. Strunk. This cabinet card features a fireman wearing his dress uniform. Note his brass butons and his badge. To view other photographs by this photographer and to learn more about him, click on the category “Photographer: Strunk”.

 

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Published in: on June 27, 2015 at 3:57 pm  Comments (3)  
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  1. Imagine. I’m not sure of the date, but in all probability, he rode on a fire carriage pulled by horses. Their equipment was used, essentially, to keep fires from spreading. – Climbing ladders with difficult sources of water, that was limited… – How long did it take them to get to the fire? What communication brought them there and how long did that take? What heroism. – Day to day, unpredictable confrontations with fire in the face of fear and huge obstacles, in order to save lives. – A day to day job done by a man whose name we don’t know.

  2. I have a cabinet card by Strunk, which I now believe to be a memorial card (based on my review of your website). I don’t know if this is common or not, but the back of the card is red with very ornate artistic work in gold with information about Strunk’s studio. I believe that this is a photo of one of my great uncles who died very young. Is there anyone who might be able to look at a scanned copy of the photo card and tell me if it is, in fact, a memorial card?

    • I would be happy to look at a scan of the front and back of the card and give you my opinion regarding whether it is a memorial card. In addition, if you send me your great uncles name and town/city of residence, I may be able to determine if he was alive during the cabinet card era. My email is bmarshphd@gmail.com


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