Times have certainly changed. I'm guessing this was taken during one of the "pet parades" of the 1930s, though terminology like this was in common use for at least another 50 years. Our photo collection includes several images with sexist or racist imagery. Hopefully we can consider them in their appropriate historical context.
There are no notations on this image, but I recognize Chief Volstorff on the running board.
I've posted a modern view of this same engine here. It occupies a place of honor in our fire station.
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Boy....that sure wouldn't go over today would it?
Looks like that roof is sorely in need of repair.
l.e. on 5th March 2014 @ 7:06am
Have we seen that building previously?
l.e. on 5th March 2014 @ 7:12am
That's a fantastic fire engine. Imagine using that hand-crank to start it. A Model-T could break your arm with probably half the horse power of that truck!
Rawhyde on 5th March 2014 @ 7:20am
If you want to try the hand crank, join our volunteer fire department and you can help maintain this beautiful 1920 engine. It's still in our fire station, lovingly maintained by volunteers. I'll post a modern picture later today. [added link to notes paragraph]
Arthur on 5th March 2014 @ 9:51am
Maybe the trucks are the firemen's pets. Can't beat a pretty truck. Never get between a man and his truck. Oh yeah, maybe the ladies just wanted to be in a parade.
Buzz on 5th March 2014 @ 4:30pm
Maybe the "Pets" are the Firemen's Wife's and Daughters
Jim Gray on 5th March 2014 @ 5:13pm
I won't touch either of those comments, but make sure you check the modern photo from the same angle. It's remarkable how little has changed.
Arthur on 5th March 2014 @ 6:02pm
I am so tired of being "politicly correct" This was a different time....people should just get over it even now.
Judy on 5th March 2014 @ 7:04pm
I agree Judy and the women look like they don't feel too abused about it all.
In fact, they look like they are having fun.
I'm guessing it all has to do with Hood River's Pet Parade such as photo #162.
l.e. on 5th March 2014 @ 7:38pm
Great photos Arthur. Could you give us some history on why/how this beautiful engine was preserved....for instance why wasn't it traded in or sold...
Arlen Sheldrake on 5th March 2014 @ 10:56pm
There is a good history of the engine at the HRFS. Jim Gray and I can fill you in on the details.
Bill P. on 13th March 2014 @ 8:45pm
Kind of looks like Claude Collins behind the wheel.
Susan stebner on 16th April 2014 @ 2:00pm