On Thursday, December 15, 1988, Engine 9, Rescue 1 and Tac 1 responded to an overturned fuel oil delivery truck in the driveway of 950 Mt. Carmel Avenue. The truck slid backwards down the steep, icy driveway. Fortunately, injuries were limited only to the truck and there was very little spillage. A home video of efforts to off-load and then upright the truck surfaced recently. It has been condensed to 6 1/2 minutes.
Almost 47 years earlier, on Friday, January 23, 1942, a similar incident took place (see article below) when a fuel delivery truck collided with another vehicle at the corner of Whitney and Dixwell Avenues, which resulted in an immense pool of fuel oil over the street. Too bad we don't have a video of how that truck was put back on its four wheels.
Fuel Oil Truck Overturns at Dixwell and Whitney
Friday, January 23, 1942
American had been in WWII for only 47 days when this 2,500 gallon tanker lost its load at Hamden's main intersection. Looks like that 1920s sedan got the worst of it.
This New Haven Evening Register article is courtesy of G. Donald Steele. CLICK to enlarge.
July 10th Summer Meeting - CLICK to view more photos
The HFRA summer meeting took place on July 10th at the home of Brian and Karen Forsyth, who treated members and their families to fine food, refreshments and a great time!
Thank you, Brian and Karen. Everyone had a good time.
Photos by Bob Mordecai and Dave Johnson can be viewed by CLICKING on the photo at left.
Gag's Pepper Pot, 1115 Dixwell Avenue
May 16, 1946
Two good photos, but no story - yet.
Aftermath of the May 16, 1946 fire at Gag's Pepper Pot, 1115 Dixwell Avenue (Photo courtesy of Local 2687)
Interior, the next day. Two men in the background may be from HPD (Photo courtesy of the Hamden Police Department)
The Whitney Theater, 1220 Whitney Avenue - Then and Now
(For the Whitney Theater there is only "Then." There is no "Now.")
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July 11, 1978 - Whitney Theater, 1220 Whitney Avenue
July 11, 2012 - 1220 Whitney Avenue
Armed with a brand new Pentax camera in 1978, the photographer thought it a good idea to shoot the Whitney Theater while it was still around. It stuck around for about five years more before being converted into yet another Hamden condo heaven.
Although there are no known records of major emergencies occurring at the Whitney, the Hamden Fire Department was no stranger to the place. One retiree recalled climbing an extension ladder to the parapet right above the marquee one night to check for smoke. In total darkness, he nearly stepped off into nothing. Another retiree recalled watching "Gremlins" at the Whitney shortly before it closed for good, only to be interrupted by a couple of fellow Hamden firefighters who were there officially, in their turnout gear. The manager apparently did not wish to spook the patrons with a silly announcement that the fire department had been summoned for whatever.
It has been said that on its final night of operation, the Whitney played the same film that it featured on its first night of operation in 1940. What a way to go! Looking at the photo, some of us can still smell the popcorn.