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Title [Active Hose Co. 7 firehouse]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Biles, H.A.
Date ca. 1895
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on gray cardboard mount. Front view of a two-story firehouse with a large sign above the doors: "7 ACTIVE HOSE CO. 7". Sign at the top of the building: "1894". Thirteen firemen in uniform stand in a row in front of the building, facing the camera. Behind them is a horse-drawn hose cart with a uniformed fireman seated up front and two young boys in firefighting uniforms standing on the side of the cart. A large dog is lying on the ground in front of the firemen. Printed inscription on reverse of mount: "H.A. BILES, PHOTOS, / Cor. Jewett Ave., & Richmond Terrace, / PORT RICHMOND, S.I.". Handwritten inscription: "c. 1895".
Print size 7 x 5
Acquisition Gift of the Veteran Firemen's Association of the North Shore Fire Department
Ownership and History Members of the volunteer Active Hose Company of Mariners Harbor pose outside their firehouse in the late 1800s, when volunteer fire companies played a central role in Staten Island's social life.

When Staten Island became a borough of New York City in 1898, the Island's volunteer companies were gradually replaced by the municipal fire department. The events of September 11, 2001 dramatically underscored the large number of firefighters who make Staten Island their home.
Earliest Date 1895
Latest Date 1900
Subjects Fire stations
Fire fighters
Fire engines & equipment
Group portraits
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number PH01.0030
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, July 2015.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.