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Image of 2010.090.063 - U.S. Military WWII Trench Lighter. c. 1939-1944.  Issued from WWI up into WWII.  Silver colored metal.

2010.090.063 - U.S. Military WWII Trench Lighter. c. 1939-1944. Issued from WWI up into WWII. Silver colored metal.

U.S. Military WWII Trench Lighter. c. 1939-1944. Issued from WWI up into WWII. Silver colored metal.

Image of 2010.090.064 - WWII Era Matchbook. c. 1939-1944.  Unused paper matchbook, red, white and blue in color.  Gold eagle at top.  "Remember Pearl Harbor" on one side and "REMEMBER  /  HOOLIGAN'S  /  SUPER BARS..." on other.

2010.090.064 - WWII Era Matchbook. c. 1939-1944. Unused paper matchbook, red, white and blue in color. Gold eagle at top. "Remember Pearl Harbor" on one side and "REMEMBER / HOOLIGAN'S / SUPER BARS..." on other.

WWII Era Matchbook. c. 1939-1944. Unused paper matchbook, red, white and blue in color. Gold eagle at top. "Remember Pearl Harbor" on one side and "REMEMBER / HOOLIGAN'S / SUPER BARS..." on other.

Image of 2014.015.002 - 1917 Pyrene Fire Extinguisher. Brass(?) metal fire extinguisher is cylindrical in shape with a tiny opening and bottom and what appears to be a pressure valve and T-shaped pump handle at top.  Black label on front reads, "Pyrene  /  FIRE  /  EXTINGUISHER  /  ...  /  TO OPERATE  /  TURN HANDLE TO LEFT  /  WORK LIKE A PUMP."  Directions indicate that, once used, pump should immediately be filled with Pyrene liquid.  There is a loop bracket mounted to top back for mounting to a wall.

2014.015.002 - 1917 Pyrene Fire Extinguisher. Brass(?) metal fire extinguisher is cylindrical in shape with a tiny opening and bottom and what appears to be a pressure valve and T-shaped pump handle at top. Black label on front reads, "Pyrene / FIRE / EXTINGUISHER / ... / TO OPERATE / TURN HANDLE TO LEFT / WORK LIKE A PUMP." Directions indicate that, once used, pump should immediately be filled with Pyrene liquid. There is a loop bracket mounted to top back for mounting to a wall.

1917 Pyrene Fire Extinguisher. Brass(?) metal fire extinguisher is cylindrical in shape with a tiny opening and bottom and what appears to be a pressure valve and T-shaped pump handle at top. Black label on front reads, "Pyrene / FIRE / EXTINGUISHER / ... / TO OPERATE / TURN HANDLE TO LEFT / WORK LIKE A PUMP." Directions indicate that, once used, pump should immediately be filled with Pyrene liquid. There is a loop bracket mounted to top back for mounting to a wall.

Image of 2016.001.025 - Raychem Chemelex Lighter, c. 1968-1999. Rectangular lighter made of plastic and metal. Main body is white plastic with blue lettering. On side reads; "Chemelex" and the other side: "Raychem". Top of lighter has a black plastic pusher for ignition. Flame guard is metal with square hole on top for flame. Side of flame guard has brand pressed in the metal. Below brand are three trapezoidal holes. Holes get taller from left to right. A plus sign is pressed into the metal to the right of the tallest hole. Below the holes, on the white plastic body is a notched metal dial. The bottom of the lighter is made of gray transparent plastic and also has brand name embossed.Lighter fluid can be see through clear plastic bottom.

2016.001.025 - Raychem Chemelex Lighter, c. 1968-1999. Rectangular lighter made of plastic and metal. Main body is white plastic with blue lettering. On side reads; "Chemelex" and the other side: "Raychem". Top of lighter has a black plastic pusher for ignition. Flame guard is metal with square hole on top for flame. Side of flame guard has brand pressed in the metal. Below brand are three trapezoidal holes. Holes get taller from left to right. A plus sign is pressed into the metal to the right of the tallest hole. Below the holes, on the white plastic body is a notched metal dial. The bottom of the lighter is made of gray transparent plastic and also has brand name embossed.Lighter fluid can be see through clear plastic bottom.

Raychem Chemelex Lighter, c. 1968-1999. Rectangular lighter made of plastic and metal. Main body is white plastic with blue lettering. On side reads; "Chemelex" and the other side: "Raychem". Top of lighter has a black plastic pusher for ignition. Flame guard is metal with square hole on top for flame. Side of flame guard has brand pressed in the metal. Below brand are three trapezoidal holes. Holes get taller from left to right. A plus sign is pressed into the metal to the right of the tallest hole. Below the holes, on the white plastic body is a notched metal dial. The bottom of the lighter is made of gray transparent plastic and also has brand name embossed.Lighter fluid can be see through

Image of 2016.002.001 - San Mateo Fire Department Helmet, c. 1889-1919.  A fading white leather fire helmet.  It has a wide brim that is longer and wider in the rear.  The crown of the helmet is made up of eight segments with ridges separating the segments.  There are four larger ridges and four smaller ridges that meet at the top of the crown.  At the top of the crown there is a metal hi-eagle that is holding the front shield in its beak.  The front shield is made up of tooled leather and has a high crest; it is held in place by four metal rivets at the corners and by the eagle at the top.  The front shield reads, "SMFD" and has two crossed yellow bugles or nozzles in front of a stylized orange fire.  Above the emblem there is a banner of red leather, it looks like there was once lettering or numbers but they are now ineligible.  Behind the front shield, and below the eagle, reads "CAIRNS & BRO".  At the rear of the helmet a metal ring is affixed for hanging up the helmet.  The leather is flaking and in some parts the white coloring has worn off showing the natural leather underneath.  The interior of the helmet has a soft leather lining covering a metal band.  At the center of the interior there is a metal circle that reads, "CAIRNS & BRO  /  NEW YORK  /  VENTILATED HAT".

2016.002.001 - San Mateo Fire Department Helmet, c. 1889-1919. A fading white leather fire helmet. It has a wide brim that is longer and wider in the rear. The crown of the helmet is made up of eight segments with ridges separating the segments. There are four larger ridges and four smaller ridges that meet at the top of the crown. At the top of the crown there is a metal hi-eagle that is holding the front shield in its beak. The front shield is made up of tooled leather and has a high crest; it is held in place by four metal rivets at the corners and by the eagle at the top. The front shield reads, "SMFD" and has two crossed yellow bugles or nozzles in front of a stylized orange fire. Above the emblem there is a banner of red leather, it looks like there was once lettering or numbers but they are now ineligible. Behind the front shield, and below the eagle, reads "CAIRNS & BRO". At the rear of the helmet a metal ring is affixed for hanging up the helmet. The leather is flaking and in some parts the white coloring has worn off showing the natural leather underneath. The interior of the helmet has a soft leather lining covering a metal band. At the center of the interior there is a metal circle that reads, "CAIRNS & BRO / NEW YORK / VENTILATED HAT".

San Mateo Fire Department Helmet, c. 1889-1919. A fading white leather fire helmet. It has a wide brim that is longer and wider in the rear. The crown of the helmet is made up of eight segments with ridges separating the segments. There are four larger ridges and four smaller ridges that meet at the top of the crown. At the top of the crown there is a metal hi-eagle that is holding the front shield in its beak. The front shield is made up of tooled leather and has a high crest; it is held in place by four metal rivets at the corners and by the eagle at the top. The front shield reads, "SMFD" and has two crossed yellow bugles or nozzles in front of a stylized orange fire. Above the emb

Image of 2015.001.00376.4 - Burlingame Fire Department Volunteers, 1951

2015.001.00376.4 - Burlingame Fire Department Volunteers, 1951

Burlingame Fire Department Volunteers, 1951. Black and white negative shows approximately eighteen volunteer firefighters from the Burlingame Fire Department putting out a fire in Burlingame, California. Some of the volunteers wear firefighter jackets and helmets and others wear civilian clothes. Three of the firefighters with their backs turned to the camera have lettering on their jackets. The firefighter on the far left has the number "23" as well as an illegible marking on the back of his helmet. Next to him is another firefighter in lighter colored pants whose jacket says "GF L." To the right, another firefighter has the name "Gene J" on his jacket and a number "31" above it. He also wea

Image of 2015.001.05881.2 - Tanforan Race Track Fire, 1964

2015.001.05881.2 - Tanforan Race Track Fire, 1964

Tanforan Race Track Fire, 1964. Black and white negative shows the burning Tanforan Race Track building. The part of the building on the left side of the image has large flames and smoke coming out of a large hole in the roof. In front of the building is a fenced off enclosure with grass and trees. Part of a series.

Image of 2015.001.00303.1 - Pump House Located Near Bayswater and Victoria Roads in Burlingame, 1948

2015.001.00303.1 - Pump House Located Near Bayswater and Victoria Roads in Burlingame, 1948

Pump House Located Near Bayswater and Victoria Roads in Burlingame, 1948. Black and white negative shows a pumping station, or "pump house" that is a two story wooden structure with a wide base that narrows as it reaches the top. On the top of the pump house is a round metal tank with a metal railing around it. There is a door at the base of the pump house. The upper portion of the structure is on fire and a plume of smoke rises in the upper right portion of the image. It appears that there was a smaller building attached to the pump house that has burned down to its frame. There are four firefighters holding two hoses. One sprays water through the door at the base of the pump house, and the

Image of 2015.001.00521.1 - Burlingame Firefighter Extinguishing a Fire, 1949

2015.001.00521.1 - Burlingame Firefighter Extinguishing a Fire, 1949

Burlingame Firefighter Extinguishing a Fire, 1949. Black and white negative shows a Burlingame firefighter at lower left, who holds a hose that sprays water up towards the ceiling of a burnt and charred building at upper right. He wears a helmet with an illegible number on it. Part of a series of 2.

Image of 2015.001.00521.2 - Burlingame Assistant Fire Chief at Scene of a Fire, November 1949

2015.001.00521.2 - Burlingame Assistant Fire Chief at Scene of a Fire, November 1949

Burlingame Assistant Fire Chief at Scene of a Fire, November 1949. Black and white negative shows the Burlingame Assistant Fire Chief at the scene of a fire. He wears a heavy-duty firefighters jacket and a white helmet that reads, "ASST CHIEF BFD." Another firefighter, whose face is out of the image's frame at left, wears a similar jacket and stands next to the assistant chief. The firefighters are in a fire-damaged building. Part of a series of 2.

Image of 2015.001.00728.1 - California Golf Club of San Francisco on Fire, South San Francisco

2015.001.00728.1 - California Golf Club of San Francisco on Fire, South San Francisco

Black and white negative taken between 1958-1960 of firefighting efforts at the California Golf Club of San Francisco in South San Francisco. The image shows smoke billowing from the top of the clubhouse building with several firemen and half a dozen other men facing the faƧade. One jet of water is aimed into an upstairs window and a second jet of water is aimed at the roof of the structure.