An elaborate ornamental frame encloses a dramatic scene of everyday life in mid eighteenth-century New York: in the image we witness a volunteer company laboring to extinguish a fire at an unidentified location. Without access to the sorts of hydrants that are a common feature of today’s cityscape, a line of men passes buckets of water from hand to hand, a team effort that is memorialized both in the name of the company (Hand-in-Hand Fire Company) and in the emblem of a disembodied handshake that graces the top of the frame.
– PUB DATE: 12/15/2020 12:00:00 AM – SOURCE: Gothamist
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