15 thoughts on “Station 23, circa 1914

  1. I tried posting this comment with a URL, but it doesn’t seem to be posting, so I’ll repeat my comment here without that link:

    According to one of the linked posts to Station 23, it’s at 1917 SE 7th. When I checked online for that address, I found that the building is now Cannabliss, a marijuana dispensary. Its website is replete with photos of both exterior and interior, and some history. As VP doesn’t seem to be allowing me to post the URL, you can find it by searching online for the address.

  2. It strikes me how austere the living environment is in the firehouse, a far cry from today’s living standards. Also you’ll note the mandatory spittoon on the floor to the right of the photo.

  3. Another fireman in the next room appears to be looking through the window towards the camera or perhaps his head is just being silhouetted from behind.

    In Igor’s post photo, I love the stogie balanced on the edge of what appears to be a nice oak, marble-topped table. The fireman in the cap has folded and the smoker of the cigar is waiting for the younger fireman at four o’clock to say what his next move is…the tension at the table at this moment is focused on these two.

    I think these posts of firehouses are my favorite on VP.

  4. On Igor post photo: At the base of the piano, is that a mouse hole and cigar box containing a baited trap inside?

  5. Love it that they had no canned music! Live music is best! A lot of people played the piano back in the day!

  6. The same subject matter, but were they on the same day. The original photo has a sign that reads Concert and Dance next to the standing fireman, also to the right of the hanging light bulb is a frame next to the stairs, but neither are in the photo Igor posted.

  7. I’m not sure Igor’s photo is a few minutes later. The Concert and Dance poster is gone, the piano player is a different guy, and the poker players have changed places. Also the pot is much larger.

  8. For years there was a white Fire truck that responded to most major fires and it was called the Jay C. Stevens truck; anyone out there have pictures of this vehicle.

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