Firemen in White Gloves
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Portsmouth’s only "hook and ladder" company was named Garibaldi after the famous Italian military hero. That designation was changed to the Willard J. Sampson Hook and Ladder Company #1. Sampson’s name is spelled along the vehicle here in flowers. Sampson was an assistant engineer in the fire department – and a professional sign painter – who died at age 47 in 1894, the era in which this group photo was taken.


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Hook and Ladder in NH 1894 / Strawbery Banke Archive


Willard J. Sampson Hook and Ladder Company #1/ Strawbery Banke Archive

Early Photographs from the Collections of Strawbery Banke
by James L. Garvin & Susan Grigg, Peter Randall Publisher
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