1859 FIREFIGHTING & EQUIPMENT NYC WAREHOUSE FIRE - CYRUS FIElD - ANTHONY SV. From "Anthony's Instantaneous Views " Series & is titled No. 255 - The Burning of Cyrus W.Field's Warehouse in New York. Most early photographs show only Fire Ruins while this photograph is Very Unique because it was taken During the Fire while the New York Five Department was still fighting the fire. The foreground of the image shows the crowds of spectators, both side of the street, while both side of street have multi - story buildings with various signs that are almost readable and a boardwalk for a sidewalk. Lower right area shows a group of men in uniform that are fireman or policeman. Center of image shows two firehouses, while left middle of view shows two Fire Hose Carts. There are several small groups of people on left side walk. Background shows lots of firemen. (who else would be near a burning building) and a large white area that probably was a combination of smoke / water/ steam. Stereoview photo has light soiling, a couple small areas with heavier soiling, slight fading while mount has soiling / staining and corner edge wear. Original paper label on back which has a small tear. Condition is very good for its age. The backmark of the stereoview reads : Anthony's Instantantanous. 255 - The Burning of was Cyrus W.
Field's Warehouse in New York Photographers will appreciate the merits of this picture when they are informed that it was taken on a dark day just previous to a heavy snow storm and with the Thermometer below 20 Fahrenheit. The stream of water projected acroos the street from one of the large fire engine whose efficiency was never fully displayed than on that occasion. Historical footnotes about Cyrus W. Field (1819 - 1892) He was a were known businessman and philanthropist most famous for being one of the entrepreneurs to start the Atlantic Telegraph Co which laid the first trans -Atlantic Telegraph cable in 1858.This rare and unique early stereoview of firemen actually fighting a fire would make an outstanding addition to any firefighting or NYC collection. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Historical Memorabilia\Firefighting & Rescue\Hoses & Nozzles". The seller is "rx407" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.