Image of a membership certificate from the Philadelphia Association for the Relief of Disabled Firemen made out in manuscript to R.C. DuComb and dated January 1869 with a central image of firefighters with hoses, ladders, and manual fire engines putting out a fire in a dry goods store labeled 'EFores [?] Dry Goods' in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while a crowd of spectators watch from the street and surrounding buildings; the image is bordered by a uniformed fireman on either side with hoses and equipment, with one wearing a hat labeled 'Hose' and standing on a hydrant and the other wearing a hat labeled 'Fire' and standing on a fire engine; the certificate has an embossed seal of the Association. | Date based on year certificate was issued to recipient. 'Drawn & Engraved by J.R. Smith'--text, lower center margin. 'Certificate of life membership to the Philadelphia Association for the relief of disabled firemen. This is to certify that B.C. Du Comb was admitted a Member of The Philadelphia Association for the Relief of Disabled Firemen January 1869. In Testimony Whereof We have hereunto affixed our Hands and the seal of the Association. Edward D. Yates, Secretary. Geo W. Tryon President. Jos. R. Lyndall V. 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 45.24 x 55.72 cm (17 13/16 x 21 15/16 in.)