george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Fri Feb 6 21:01:36 UTC 2004
>From the Brooklyn Eagle, through the Brooklyn Public Library:
The members of the Good Intent Hose Company were surprised yesterday morning, while washing their apparatus, at the debut of a large eel, which was ejected from the fire plug near their hose house, in Fourth below Chesnut street. *** (copied from a Philadelphia paper) Brooklyn Eagle, July 13, 1842, p. 2
I have some notes from NYC papers of the early 1830s referring to fire hydrants as a novelty. Nothing in these notes indicates what they looked like. I didn't find "fire plug" in my notes through the late 1840s.
George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998.
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