1792 Fire Engine
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Two centuries ago this early pumper was no match for a house afire. It’s clear why downtown Portsmouth burned nearly to the ground three times in December in the early 1800s -- before city laws mandated the use of brick, not wood. Sadly, this historic Philadelphia-built engine was sold to a private collector by an antiques dealer. (click for full pic)


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