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Thursday, June 20, 2024
Exploring Photos: Honouring our firefighters, 1938
Niagara Hose Company invite
A sketch of an unknown firefighter from 1938. NOTL MUSEUM

Many parts of Canada have been ravaged by wildfires and the tragic news coming from Hawaii is devastating. In honour of the firefighters battling the impossible both near and far, most notably our wonderful team of men and women here in Niagara-on-the-Lake, this week’s photo is of an image of an unknown NOTL firefighter from 1938. It is a wonderful sketch that is featured on an invitation to the Niagara Hose Company’s annual New Year’s ball. This would have been a great time to socialize with their colleagues or the community, especially during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Along with supper, the attendees enjoyed 28 different dances including the firemen’s dance which was a double contra dance that included planned times where the dancers could shout “Fire!”

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