Description: This great manuscript logbook has a label on the front cover declaring that it covers the period from October 16th, 1904, to February 22nd, 1905. The Brooklyn, New York, firehouse that kept the log was very likely Engine Company 103, based on fire calls and other entries recorded in the log; the Company served streets in the Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, and Gowanus neighborhoods.
Kept by the man on house watch during each shift, the handwriting changes throughout the logbook, but is generally very easy to read. The log records all kinds of details of firehouse life, including when each firefighter left quarters, where they went, and when they returned; drills done, inspection of equipment undertaken, and deliveries received; the onerous winter tasks of thawing fire hydrants and scattering rock salt; the various alarms and notices received and sent over the telegraph; and the details of each fire call responded to by the Company.
Containing four hundred ninety-eight pages of entries, the logbook is a "blank book" manufactured by James H. England & Son of New York. Each page is lightly ruled in blue, and numbered in the upper corners; thick boards have protected the pages over the years. Folio - the book measures approximately 14" x 9" x 2". Item #AM00183
Condition: The boards are bumped and worn at the corners and most of the leather is missing from the spine. While not the most attractive book, the pages are generally in excellent condition, with just a bit of soil at the far edges of the pages. The binding is strong, and there are no loose or torn pages. A quite readable primary source for insights into the workings of a turn-of-the-century Brooklyn firehouse.