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This may certify that Wm. H. Porter was admitted a member of the Firemen's Benevolent Society of the city of Hartford ...

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Image of a membership certificate from the Firemen's Benevolent Society of Hartford, Connecticut, made out in manuscript to William H. Porter and dated February 8, 1858, with a central image of firefighters with hoses, ladders, and manual fire engines amassed on the street and tree-filled park before the Old State House in Hartford, Connecticut, to fight a fire burning in a nearby building labeled with the signs 'Elihu Geer Job & Card Printer' and 'Case Nevers & Co.'; with surrounding buildings labeled 'Eagle Tavern' 'Exchange Office' and 'Oswin Welles,' and spectators and a displaced family with their household belongings standing on the street; with a small vignette of a fire hose carriage at bottom center; the image presumably depicts the August 9, 1839, fire in the Mitchell Building on State Street. | Date span based on depiction of an 1839 fire and engraver history and year certificate was issued to recipient; J.G. Kellogg settled in Hartford around 1841. 'Drawn and Engraved [space] by J.G. Kellogg.'--text, bottom center margin. 'Lettering by E.Tappan'--text, bottom center margin. 'This may Certify that Wm. H. Porter was admitted a Member of the Firemen's Benevolent Society of the City of Hartford. Feb. 8th 1858. John G. Parsons, Secretary. Allyn S. Stillman, President.'--text of certificate, printed and handwritten.
Collection: Jay T. Last Collection | Firefighting | The Jay T. Last Collection of Graphic Arts and Social History, Huntington Digital Library
Medium: 1 engraving : uncolored ; overall 36.99 x 46.99 cm (14 9/16 x 18 1/2 in.)