Steam pumper truck:Steam Pumper Fire Truck

Hubley Manufacturing Co.?ca. 1925

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play
Rochester , United States

In the 19th century, when most Americans used wood-burning stoves and fireplaces for cooking and heating and many folks lived in homes constructed of wood, fires frequently destroyed whole neighborhoods and even whole towns. The first fire-fighting techniques in cities-like a bucket brigade-soon gave way to more sophisticated means of fight-fighting. The invention of the pumper, a large water tank on wheels, delivered more water faster than a line of fire fighters passing buckets, and projected it further to reach the fire. When fire fighters hitched the pumper to a team of horses, water arrived at the fire that much faster. By the 1920s, municipal fire departments used automotive trucks to speed water delivery.


  • Title: Steam pumper truck:Steam Pumper Fire Truck
  • Creator: Hubley Manufacturing Co.?
  • Date Created: ca. 1925
  • Location: Lancaster, PA
  • Type: Transportation Toys
  • Medium: painted cast iron
  • Object ID: 77.3347

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