Firemen on Boston Common, May Morning

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."

Details

Descriptive Terms

firefighters
firehoses
firefighting equipment
galas (parties)
commons
fountains
flagpoles
flags
spectators (event observers)
prints (visual works)

Additional Identification Number

Prints and Engravings Collection Number PR56

Physical Description

1 newspaper print

Collection Code

GC002

Collection Name

Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s

Date of Acquisition

1922-02-06

Reference Code

GC002.01.MA.1600.002

Acquisition Type

Gift

Image Dimensions

11 x 10 (HxW)(inches)

Credit Line

Gift of L. Jenkins, 1922

Places

Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Originator

Gleason's Pictorial (Publisher)

Material Type

prints (visual works)

Restrictions

poor

Description Level

Item

Location Note

Prints: Boston, Ma.: Boston Common