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Fire Badge "Philadelphia Fire Department"

Maker:
unknown  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 2 3/8 in x 1 7/8 in; 6.0325 cm x 4.7625 cm
Object Name:
badge, fireman's
fire badge
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Associated place:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Date made:
early 20th century
Credit Line:
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
ID Number:
2005.0233.1268
Accession number:
2005.0233
Catalog number:
2005.0233.1268
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1380466

Fire Badge "Allentown Fire Department"

Maker:
unknown  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 1 3/8 in x 1 7/8 in; 3.4925 cm x 4.7625 cm
Object Name:
badge, fireman's
Place made:
United States
Date made:
19th century
Credit Line:
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
ID Number:
2005.0233.1288
Accession number:
2005.0233
Catalog number:
2005.0233.1288
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Data Source:
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EDAN-URL:
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Fred Wiseman Scrapbook

Creator:
Wiseman, Fred, 1875-1961  Search this
Names:
Early Birds of Aviation (Organization).  Search this
Wiseman-Peters (Fred Wiseman and J. W. Peters) (Aircraft manufacturer)  Search this
Extent:
0.59 Cubic feet (1 flatbox)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Tickets
Correspondence
Clippings
Date:
1909-1968
bulk [ca. 1910s, 1950s]
Summary:
Fred Wiseman, along with J. W. Peters and D.C. Prentiss, built a biplane named the Wiseman-Peters. During July 1910, both Peters and Wiseman flew the Wiseman-Peters and the following year Wiseman entered the 1911 Aviation Meet at Selfridge Field, Michigan. On February 17, 1911, Wiseman made the first airplane-carried mail flight officially sanctioned by any local U.S. post office and made available to the public when he carried mail, a bundle of newspapers and a sack of groceries from Petaluma, CA, to Santa Rosa, CA. After the 1911 season, Wiseman gave up flying.

This collection consists of a large scrapbook. Inside the scrapbook are newspaper clippings, correspondence, 1st Day Covers, race tickets, and photographs chronicling both Wiseman's automobile and aviation careers.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of a large scrapbook. Inside the scrapbook are newspaper clippings, correspondence, 1st Day Covers, race tickets, and photographs chronicling both Wiseman's automobile and aviation careers.

Note: The digital images in this finding aid were repurposed from scans made by an outside contractor for a commercial product and may show irregular cropping and orientation in addition to color variations resulting from damage to and deterioration of the original objects.
Arrangement:
Materials are in the order the donor attached them to the scrapbook. Correspondence is often located within the envelope that is attached to the scrapbook. Some materials are loose and have been left in the arrangement in which they were found, unless a portion of a newspaper article could be matched to its other parts.
Biographical / Historical:
Fred Wiseman (1875-1961) was born in Santa Rosa, California, and after attending local schools he engaged in both the bicycle and automotive businesses. Wiseman won considerable fame racing Stoddard-Dayton cars on the West Coast as well as in the Chicago area. He became interested in aviation after attending the Wright brothers' homecoming celebration in 1909 and the first Los Angeles aviation meet at Dominguez Field in 1910.

After these two events, Wiseman was convinced he wanted to learn to fly and so he returned to his home in Santa Rosa and persuaded Ben Noonan to put up $10,000 to build a plane. Wiseman, along with J. W. Peters and D.C. Prentiss, built a biplane named the Wiseman-Peters. During July 1910, both Peters and Wiseman flew the Wiseman-Peters and the following year Wiseman entered the 1911 Aviation Meet at Selfridge Field, Michigan.

On February 17, 1911, Wiseman made the first airplane-carried mail flight officially sanctioned by any local U.S. post office and made available to the public when he carried mail, a bundle of newspapers and a sack of groceries from Petaluma, CA, to Santa Rosa, CA. (The first air mail flight sanctioned by the U.S. Post Office in Washington, D.C., took place on September 23, 1911, when Earle Ovington carried mail from Garden City, Long Island, to Mineola; and the first continuously scheduled U.S. air mail service began on May 15, 1918, with routes between Washington, Philadelphia, and New York.)

During 1911, Wiseman had an active season of exhibition work, including flying for one week at the California State Fair. However, after this season Wiseman gave up flying because he thought there was no future in it. He sold his plane and returned to the automobile business. He later worked for Standard Oil Company of California. Wiseman was a member of the Early Birds of Aviation, an organization of pilots who flew solo in an aircraft prior to December 17, 1916.

Weldon Cooke, another pioneer aviator from California, bought and modified the Wiseman-Peters aircraft, renaming it the Wiseman-Cooke. Cooke flew the Wiseman-Cooke for exhibition and air mail flights. The Wiseman-Cooke aircraft is currently part of the Smithsonian Institution's collections.
Provenance:
No donor information, Gift?, unknown, XXXX-0618, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Automobile racing  Search this
Air mail service  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics -- Exhibitions  Search this
Airplane racing  Search this
Aeronautics -- Competitions  Search this
Aeronautics -- 1903-1916  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Air pilots  Search this
Wiseman-Peters #2 Biplane (1910)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Tickets
Correspondence
Clippings
Citation:
Fred Wiseman Scrapbook, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0618, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0618
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0618
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Hurst Power Rescue Tool (Jaws of Life)

Maker:
Hurst  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 34 in x 15 in x 9 in; 86.36 cm x 38.1 cm x 22.86 cm
Object Name:
rescue tool
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Warrington
Date made:
1977
Credit Line:
Gift of the Carlsbad Fire Department
ID Number:
2012.0110.01
Accession number:
2012.0110
Catalog number:
2012.0110.01
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Transportation
Road Transportation
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1431924

Fire Badge "Philadelphia Fire Insurance Patrol Superintendent"

Maker:
unknown  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 2 1/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 5.3975 cm x 4.445 cm
Object Name:
badge, fireman's
Place made:
United States
Associated place:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Date made:
20th century
Credit Line:
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
ID Number:
2005.0233.1382
Accession number:
2005.0233
Catalog number:
2005.0233.1382
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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edanmdm:nmah_1382579

Fire Badge "Philadelphia Fire Insurance Patrol 62"

Maker:
unknown  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 2 3/16 in x 1 3/4 in; 5.5245 cm x 4.445 cm
Object Name:
badge, fireman's
Place made:
United States
Associated place:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Date made:
20th century
Credit Line:
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
ID Number:
2005.0233.1383
Accession number:
2005.0233
Catalog number:
2005.0233.1383
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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Fire Badge "Philadelphia Reserve Fire Force"

Maker:
unknown  Search this
Physical Description:
copper gold plated (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 2 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 5.715 cm x 5.715 cm
Object Name:
badge, fireman's
Place made:
United States
Associated place:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Date made:
20th century
Credit Line:
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
ID Number:
2005.0233.1387
Accession number:
2005.0233
Catalog number:
2005.0233.1387
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1382584

Fire Badge "Philadelphia Reserve Fire Force 146"

Maker:
unknown  Search this
Physical Description:
copper plated nickel (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 2 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 5.715 cm x 5.715 cm
Object Name:
badge, fireman's
Place made:
United States
Associated place:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Date made:
20th century
Credit Line:
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
ID Number:
2005.0233.1386
Accession number:
2005.0233
Catalog number:
2005.0233.1386
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
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Jack Robrecht Collection of Firefighting Photographs

Collector:
Robrecht, Jack  Search this
Extent:
1.5 Cubic feet (6 boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Postcards
Photographs
Date:
1852 - 1983
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains primarily photographs and postcards relating to firefighting. Many of the photographs are of firefighting vehicles and apparatus, both horse-drawn and gasoline-powered. The cities of Philadelphia and Baltimore are especially well documented, though other cities are represented, including Hamilton, Ohio; Camden, New Jersey; Dallas, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; Portland, Maine; New Orleans, Louisiana; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Newburyport, Massachusetts; and Flemington, New Jersey.

Series 1, Photographs, consists primarily of black-and-white and color, both original and copy prints, illustrations, and postcards depicting images of fire engines, firefighters, fireboats, fire stations, and firemen and fire equipment in parades. The photographs are arranged in numerical order (for example, JR-2) as assigned by Jack Robrecht, who assembled the materials. The other number system included the designation "V 408." This alpha-numeric number was applied by the Cigna Museum which held the materials prior to their donation to the National Museum of American History. Many of the images are heavily annotated by Robrecht, providing specific details about a fire engine, geographic location, and date. There are some membership cards, envelopes, and a Christmas card depicting images of fire equipment. Two inventories for the photographs are available. The inventories provide an object/photograph number, artist/photographer, title/caption, genre/classification, date and dimensions.

Series 2, Research Files, 1852-1983, consists almost exclusively of handwritten and typescript photocopies of fire-related documentation assembled by Robrecht. Included are sheet music, lists of statistics for fire alarms, inventories of equipment in parades, newspaper clippings, and an ink sketch of a fire ladder.

Series 3, Publications, [1859?]-1975, consists of original and photocopies of various fire-related publications. The only non fire-related publication is The Grace Log, a publication of Grace Line.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into three series.

Series 1, Photographs, 1880-1972

Series 2, Research Files, 1852-1983

Series 3, Publications, [1859?]-1975
Biographical / Historical:
Jack Robrecht (1916?-1993) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from St. Joseph's Prep and attended the University of Pennsylvania. Robrecht worked for thirty-one years at the chemical testing laboratory of Atlantic Refinery. He retired in 1978. Robrecht always wanted to be a firefighter, but missed qualifying due to the age limit. Undeterred, Robrecht spent much of his life from 1941-1993 as a volunteer historian for the Philadelphia Fire Department. He was also a collector, author, and photographer of fire-related materials.
Related Materials:
Materials at the Archives Center, National Musuem of American History

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Fires and firefighting (series), circa 1821-1955. (AC0060)

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Fires and firefighting: stereographs, ca. 1875-1888. (AC0060)

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Inventions: stereographs, 1880s. (AC0060)

Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, [Fire-fighters working water pump: Active no. 1810. photonegative] 1926. (AC0143)

Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, [Fire fighters in action.] 2031 photonegative. (AC0143)

Frank Seymour Firefighting Ephemera Collection (AC1232)

Materials at the Division of Home and Community Life, National Museum of American History

The Division of Home and Community Life holds fire-related artifacts. See Accession numbers 2005.0233; 2005.0279; 2006.0247; 2007.0160; and 2007.0174.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by CIGNA through Roxanne Korostowski, Director, Relocation Services on August 19, 2005.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Fire stations  Search this
Fire engines  Search this
Firefighters  Search this
Fire departments -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Fire departments -- Maryland  Search this
Fire extinction  Search this
Genre/Form:
Postcards
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 1950-2000
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 1900-1950
Citation:
Jack Robrecht Collection of Firefighting Photographs, 1852-1983, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1231
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1231
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Fire Badge "NAY-AUG Hose"

Maker:
unknown  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 1 3/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 4.445 cm x 5.715 cm
Object Name:
badge, fireman's
fire badge
Place made:
United States
Date made:
late 19th century
Credit Line:
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
ID Number:
2005.0233.1269
Accession number:
2005.0233
Catalog number:
2005.0233.1269
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1380468

Miner's Cap Lamp

Measurements:
overall: 3 in x 3 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 7.62 cm x 8.89 cm x 3.81 cm
Object Name:
lamp, oil, cap, miner's
mining lamp
Related Publication:
Dewey, Frederic P.. Bulletin of the United States National Museum No. 42: A Preliminary Descriptive Catalogue of the Systematic Collections in Economic Geology and Metallurgy in the United States National Museum
ID Number:
AG.059082
Catalog number:
059082
Accession number:
014851
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Industry & Manufacturing
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Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_872069

"Birth of Venus" Engine Panel Painting

Maker:
Woodside, John Archibald  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
oil paint (image material)
Measurements:
overall: 31 in x 25 in; 78.74 cm x 63.5 cm
Object Name:
painting, engine panel
Place Made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Date made:
1849
Subject:
Fire Fighting  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
ID Number:
2005.0233.0304
Accession number:
2005.0233
Catalog number:
2005.0233.0304
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1341005
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Fire Badge "L.J. Rathman Reading, PA"

Maker:
unknown  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 2 1/2 in x 1 3/8 in; 6.35 cm x 3.4925 cm
Object Name:
badge, fireman's
Place made:
United States
Associated place:
United States: Pennsylvania, Reading
Date made:
late 19th century
Credit Line:
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
ID Number:
2005.0233.1309
Accession number:
2005.0233
Catalog number:
2005.0233.1309
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1380698

Fire Badge "Brookline Fire Co. Del. Co. Pa"

Maker:
unknown  Search this
Physical Description:
rhodium plated (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 1 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 4.445 cm x 4.445 cm
Object Name:
badge, fireman's
Place made:
United States
Date made:
19th century
Credit Line:
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
ID Number:
2005.0233.1389
Accession number:
2005.0233
Catalog number:
2005.0233.1389
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1382624

Columbia Hose Company Fire Hat

Associated:
Columbia Hose Company  Search this
Maker:
unknown  Search this
Physical Description:
painted (overall production method/technique)
fabric, pressed felt (overall material)
red (underbrim; edge; trim color)
gold (decoration color)
paint (overall material)
blue (overall color)
Measurements:
overall: 6 1/2 in x 13 1/8 in x 14 5/8 in; 16.51 cm x 33.3375 cm x 37.1475 cm
Object Name:
hat, fire
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Date made:
1810-1860
Subject:
Patriotism and Patriotic Symbols  Search this
Fire Fighting  Search this
Fraternal Associations  Search this
Related Publication:
McCosker, M.J.. The Historical Collection of the Insurance Company of North America
Credit Line:
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
ID Number:
2005.0233.0030
Catalog number:
2005.0233.0030
Accession number:
2005.0233
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Firefighting Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1318658
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Allegheny Parade Hat

Company which the hat's owner belonged to:
Allegheny Engine Co.  Search this
Owner:
Neel, Harry  Search this
Maker:
unknown  Search this
Physical Description:
fabric, pressed felt (overall material)
star (top motif)
red (overall color)
black (underbrim color)
paint (overall material)
gold (lettering and decoration color)
painted (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
overall: 5 3/4 in x 13 1/8 in x 14 1/4 in; 14.605 cm x 33.3375 cm x 36.195 cm
Object Name:
hat, fire
Place made:
United States
Location of fire company:
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
In use:
1802-1870
Subject:
Fire Fighting  Search this
Fraternal Associations  Search this
Related Publication:
McCosker, M.J.. The Historical Collection of the Insurance Company of North America
Credit Line:
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
ID Number:
2005.0233.0026
Catalog number:
2005.0233.0026
Accession number:
2005.0233
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1318654
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Lithograph, "The Great Parade of the Philadelphia Fire Department"

Maker:
Duval, Peter S.  Search this
Physical Description:
lithograph (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 17 1/4 in x 20 1/2 in; 43.815 cm x 52.07 cm
part: unframed: 13 7/8 in x 17 3/8 in; 35.2425 cm x 44.1325 cm
Object Name:
lithograph
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Date made:
1865
Credit Line:
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
ID Number:
2005.0233.1006
Accession number:
2005.0233
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1347675

Presentation Trumpet, "Washington Engine Co."

Maker:
unknown  Search this
Physical Description:
brass (overall material)
leather, tin (part: mouthpiece material)
Measurements:
overall: 21 in; 53.34 cm
Object Name:
trumpet, speaking
Place made:
United States
Associated Place:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Date made:
1832
Credit Line:
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
ID Number:
2005.0233.0821
Accession number:
2005.0233
Catalog number:
2005.0233.0821
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Speaking Trumpets
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1345085
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Fire Engine Plate, "Weccacoe"

Maker:
unknown  Search this
Physical Description:
brass (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 19 1/4 in x 5 in; 48.895 cm x 12.7 cm
Object Name:
plate, fire engine
Subject:
Fire Fighting  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
ID Number:
2005.0233.0950
Accession number:
2005.0233
Catalog number:
2005.0233.0950
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1347256

Fire Badge "Assistance Fire Company"

Maker:
unknown  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 1 3/8 in x 1 7/8 in; 3.4925 cm x 4.7625 cm
Object Name:
badge, fireman's
Place made:
United States
Date made:
late 19th century
Credit Line:
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
ID Number:
2005.0233.1290
Accession number:
2005.0233
Catalog number:
2005.0233.1290
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1380638

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