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Firemen on Boston Common, May Morning

GC002.01.MA.1600.002 (RS97049)

Description

The print depicts the celebration of a large group of firemen, with hoses spraying water. There are wagons in the foreground, as well as many figures playing and walking around. "The first of May, or May morning, has, for a long period, been a sort of gala occasion for the firemen of Boston, when the companies would turn out to try their skill, and the powers of their respective engines with each other, in throwing water over the flag-staff, on the Common, and in sprinkling the assembled multitude by way of a dessert to their performance."

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Details

Collection Name
Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s
Collection Code
GC002
Dates
1851-05-10
Acquisition Type
Gift
Date of Acquisition
1922-02-06
Physical Description
1 newspaper print
Dimensions
11x 10(HxW) (inches)
Collection Type
Graphic Materials
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
Prints and Engravings Collection Number: PR56
Credit Line
Gift of L. Jenkins, 1922
GUSN
198353
Reference Code
GC002.01.MA.1600.002

Record details

Originator
Gleason's Pictorial (Publisher)
Descriptive Terms
commons
firefighters
firefighting equipment
firehoses
flagpoles
flags
fountains
galas (parties)
spectators (event observers)
Material Type
prints (visual works)
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Places (Buildings)
Boston Common
Location Note
Prints: Boston, Ma.: Boston Common
Physical Access Restrictions
poor

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