VINTAGE FDNY WAR YEAR LIDS

raybrag

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Just for Dan . . . from an FDNY post on Facebook . . .

Flashback Friday – The FDNY firefighter’s helmet has a long tradition. First created by Jacobus Turck around 1740, wearing one at fires became required by the City starting in 1762. Its basic design has not changed much in over 280 years. Most followers of the FDNY recall the leather helmets worn by firefighters made by only a handful of local manufacturers. For a long period of time they were form-fitted to the wearers head. With the evolution of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, FDNY eventually saw a move to a helmet made of composite material, with new safety features. “Leather Forever” was the cry of traditionalists, but to no avail, until recently that is when leather helmets have been seen making a new appearance.
But today’s Flashback is about another iteration of the firefighter’s helmet that many FDNY fans and buffs are unaware of…an aluminum helmet. Although exact dates are difficult to pin down, there is photographic evidence of these being worn in the mid-1910’s into, perhaps, the 1920’s. The NYC Fire Museum is fortunate to have several aluminum FDNY helmets in the collection, including two recently donated. They are the ones shown below from Engine Company 73 and Battalion 47.
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A few days ago this fire helmet was listed on e-bay for $1000. The frontpiece badge number is 5551 and in another photo of the helmet inside revealed the partial name of Fr. J. McDon…

I posted the helmet on this thread and wondered about the story behind this helmet, L 20’s area was known as “Hell's Hundred Acres” before the South Bronx War Years, many civilians and firefighters died in this small remote area now known as SOHO. L 20 was also the first due truck to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, the most deadliest fire at the time in NYC history.

The helmet belonged to Fireman James McDonnell who made the supreme sacrifice as a covering Captain in L 42, 1985. Inside the apartment on fire, the ceiling was about to collapse, he pushed two firefighters out of harm's way, but he was trapped. He died days later suffering over 65% burns to his body. A true hero.

After I posted a photo of the helmet, a Brother from L 20 contacted his Boss and they were able to secure the helmet, contact the family member and all parties decided to bring it back home to Lafayette Street where it will live forever.

THUMBS UP for the spirit and tradition of this fine company!

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Just for Dan . . . from an FDNY post on Facebook . . .

Flashback Friday – The FDNY firefighter’s helmet has a long tradition. First created by Jacobus Turck around 1740, wearing one at fires became required by the City starting in 1762. Its basic design has not changed much in over 280 years. Most followers of the FDNY recall the leather helmets worn by firefighters made by only a handful of local manufacturers. For a long period of time they were form-fitted to the wearers head. With the evolution of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, FDNY eventually saw a move to a helmet made of composite material, with new safety features. “Leather Forever” was the cry of traditionalists, but to no avail, until recently that is when leather helmets have been seen making a new appearance.
But today’s Flashback is about another iteration of the firefighter’s helmet that many FDNY fans and buffs are unaware of…an aluminum helmet. Although exact dates are difficult to pin down, there is photographic evidence of these being worn in the mid-1910’s into, perhaps, the 1920’s. The NYC Fire Museum is fortunate to have several aluminum FDNY helmets in the collection, including two recently donated. They are the ones shown below from Engine Company 73 and Battalion 47.
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Gr8 pics & history brother.
 

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Well, it's not FDNY, but interesting nonetheless. A Cairns leather High Eagle that appears to be from Holyoke, MA. Paul Schneider (from the LA County Fire Museum) photos. . . .
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Comment from Nate Arnold about this helmet:

"Wow. I live in the city next door to Holyoke, MA. Glad to see this helmet survives. A little history on the piece...back when this lid was new, Holyoke, Chicopee, West Springfield and Springfield all had VFA clubs. These clubs were made up of active and retired veteran firemen (volunteers in most cases). They participated in parades and ceremonies but their main claim to fame was the “old tyme firemen’s musters” where they competed in events for awards and trophies. All the VFA’s up here were part of the New England Muster League."

Explains the "VFA".
 
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skiLB

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Well, it's not FDNY, but interesting nonetheless. A Cairns leather High Eagle that appears to be from Holyoke, MA. Paul Schneider (from the LA County Fire Museum) photos. . . .
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Comment from Nate Arnold about this helmet:

"Wow. I live in the city next door to Holyoke, MA. Glad to see this helmet survives. A little history on the piece...back when this lid was new, Holyoke, Chicopee, West Springfield and Springfield all had VFA clubs. These clubs were made up of active and retired veteran firemen (volunteers in most cases). They participated in parades and ceremonies but their main claim to fame was the “old tyme firemen’s musters” where they competed in events for awards and trophies. All the VFA’s up here were part of the New England Muster League."

Explains the "VFA".
Very cool
 

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This L 31 helmet was up for auction. Members were able to track down the owner through the frontpiece badge. It was discovered that the helmet was stolen from the firehouse many years ago and now showed up at the auction. A concerned member monitored the auction, the helmet sold for $300. The concerned member explained the history of the helmet whereupon the new owner turned it back over to be returned to the rightful owner.

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Lebby

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This L 31 helmet was up for auction. Members were able to track down the owner through the frontpiece badge. It was discovered that the helmet was stolen from the firehouse many years ago and now showed up at the auction. A concerned member monitored the auction, the helmet sold for $300. The concerned member explained the history of the helmet whereupon the new owner turned it back over to be returned to the rightful owner.

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Excellent to see news of houses getting thier history back. Nice work by La Casa Grande and the SoHo Trucking Company.
 
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