Seventy years ago, to celebrate the first Independence Day after Pearl Harbor, every weekly U.S. publication joined in a "United We Stand" campaign by featuring the American flag on its Fourth of July cover. Monthly publications featured the flag on the covers of their July issues. Even annual publications, like the Hamden's annual town report for 1942 (at left), proudly displayed "Old Glory" as their cover photo of the year.
No matter how vast or modest its circulation, from Reader's Digest to Fire Engineering, every American periodical was eager to be a part of this admirable patriotic endeavor during the early days of the Second World War.
CLICK on any cover to visit the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
We just came across this polaroid photo of Ff. Ralph Tomaselli, taken in front of Station 3 on May 21, 1977. A great guy, a fine firefighter, and a true department legend, Ralph was the official unofficial designator of department nicknames, perhaps the most infamous being "The Face." (You either know who that was or you don't.) Ralph lives in Guilford. His brother retirees would really enjoy seeing him and sharing a few laughs. We miss ya, Ralph!
Everett's Farm Mt. Carmel Avenue Sunday, February 22, 1942
CLICK to enlarge for easier reading.
Spreading Foam for the Kids
Summer 1980 - Hamden YMCA Camp on Downs Road
For many years in the summer months, the department spread high expansion foam on playgrounds at Hamden schools and at Hamden's YMCA camp for kids to play in and cool off. This 1980 photo shows career members Ed Doiron and Clark Hurlburt preparing to spread foam at the Y Camp on Downs Road. They are assisted by Co. 5 volunteers Ed Doiron, Jr., Brian Smith and Larry Gershman, who several years later would become the department's hydrant maintainer.
Gershman and Smith watch as Hurlburt and Doiron, Jr. direct the high-expansion foam applicator at the Y-Camp.