The members of the Hamden Fire Retirees' Association wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. May all your holiday wishes come true!
To our brothers and sisters who continue to serve in the fire, police and EMS services in Hamden and elsewhere, we wish you and yours a very Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year.
"Deck the (Town) Halls . . . "
December 1939 - Hamden Town Hall's annual Christmas decorations are up. This is a tradition that has lasted decades. The "HAMDEN" neon sign at the roof's edge was installed for the Hamden Sesquicentennial, celebrated three years earlier. The sign remained a fixture on the front of the town hall well into the 1970s. (Photo courtesy of the Hamden Historical Society)
December 1947 - A real sense of postwar hope and optimism may have been responsible for the somewhat glitzier decorations on Memorial Town Hall this year, which included Santa and his team. "Rudolph" would join two years later thanks to Gene Autry, but we don't think he ever appeared at the town hall. (Photo courtesy of the Hamden Historical Society)
2000 Christmas Party - CLICK to view photos.
Memories of Christmas Past
For decades, starting with the Hamden Paid Firemen's Sick Benefit Association, the members of the Hamden Fire Department have celebrated the Christmas season with a party for their children and grandchildren. For over 30 years, the annual holiday gathering has been sponsored by the Hamden Professional Firefighters, Local 2687, IAFF. We have pictures from the Christmas parties of 1983 and 2000. (We're always looking for more!)
1983 Christmas Party - CLICK to view photos.
Those who have pictures from these or other Christmas parties are urged to share them (email@example.com).