The New York Fire Zouaves
You are viewing a
spectacular illustration of the New York Fire Zouaves. It is from an
original 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly, the most popular illustrated
newspaper of the day. Note that this is not a reprint, and I
absolutely guarantee its authenticity. This leaf is over 130 years old,
and the date May 25, 1861 is clearly marked on the front of the print. On
the day this leaf was printed, Abraham Lincoln was president of the United
States, and and the Civil War was underway.
This is a dramatic
and action packed illustration. It shows a group of New York City firemen
valiantly battling a blaze at Willard's Hotel. The illustration is rich
with historic content. It shows the hotel engulfed in flames, and the
firemen desperately trying to save the building. Several men are pictured
spraying the fire from the ground. numerous men are shown climbing the
building as they battle the flames. There is a dramatic scene at the top
of the building- two firemen are holding another man upside down over the
edge of the building. He is shown spraying water inside the building from
this precarious position.
This is a rare and
highly collectible illustration. It shows a spectacular view of an early
fire brigade in action. Original material from this period is becoming
increasingly difficult to find, and this is a particularly nice example.
It will make a striking display when framed and placed in your office or
study. It would make a spectacular gift for any fire fighter, and would
be particularly well suited to hang in a modern fire house. I assure you
that this original illustration will be cherished by its new owner.