Fire Photographer Shirley Mangler Preserved History
Shirley Mangler's talent and generosity as an expert photographer have been priceless gifts to the preservation of our history. Wife of our own retiree, 42-year department veteran Harold Mangler, Shirley captured hundreds of images of Department emergencies and related activities during the past three decades. Shirley was eventually assigned a department ID card by the Chief, which named her as an official department photographer. Many of Shirley's fire photos have been published in the local press and even shown on area television news broadcasts.
Twenty-five years ago this coming week - on Saturday, November 28, 1987, to be exact - Shirley documented a live burn training session on Paradise Avenue, conducted by career personnel for the four Hamden volunteer fire companies. CLICK on this photo to view many of the images Shirley captured that day.
In his 29 years on the job, Hamden Firefighter Ed Doiron took hundreds of photographs depicting firehouse life during "alarm readiness," many of which have been shared on the website. During the past week, while exploring a few more of Ed's slide carousels, several dozen more of these images were found - and we are told there are even more slides and negatives on the way. Below are a couple of Ed's Station 4 vignettes from nearly forty years ago. More are promised in the coming weeks and months.
(Above) On a lazy summer afternoon in 1974, Ed Doiron snapped this slide of three of his Platoon 2 colleagues relaxing at the Station 4 watch desk. Left to right are Lt. Gil Spencer with Firefighters Bob Viglione and Steve Hitchcock.
(Below) Ed then aimed his camera through the Alarm Room window to catch Chief Dispatcher and resident curmudgeon, Wilbur Baker, taking a break between emergency calls. Rescue 1, the 1971 Ford "Circus Wagon," is reflected in the window.
October 18, 1962 - A nasty house fire on Mountain Road, one of Hamden's last "unimproved" roads at the time. No Pavement and No Water.
October 18, 1962 (Vaccaro Photo)
The New Haven Register, Wednesday, October 18, 1962 (Chan Brainard)