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Lucas County, Ohio - City of Toledo

Photograph Files 

The Toledo Publicity and Efficiency Commission took hundreds of photographs of the municipal government at work, from 1946 to the early 1960s. A small sampling of these is available here.

 Fire Houses

Firehouse #1 under constructionFirehouse #1 under constructionFirehouse #1 construction completedFirehouse #1 Dedication with Chief Papenfuess and Mrs. SchmidlinFirehouse #4 at Monroe & Bancroft
1. Firehouse #1 Under Construction
2. Firehouse #1 Under Construction
3. Firehouse #1 Construction Completed
4. Firehouse #1 Dedication, with Chief Papenfuess and Mrs. Schmidlin
5. Firehouse #4 at Monroe and Bancroft, 1950s
Firehouse #7 at Bancroft & Franklin, side view, ca. 1950sFirehouse #7 at Bancroft & Franklin, front viewFirehouse #7 at Bancroft & Franklin, with enginesFirehouse #8 at Indiana & Division, with ladder truck, ca. 1950sFirehouse #14 LaGrange & Everette, August 28, 1948
Firehouse with Officer Noonan, 1947
1. Firehouse #7 at Bancroft and Franklin, side view, ca. 1950s
2. Firehouse #7 at Bancroft and Franklin, front view
3. Firehouse #7 at Bancroft and Franklin, with fire engines
4. Firehouse #8 at Indiana and Division, showing a ladder truck, ca. 1950s
5. Firehouse #14 at LaGrange and Everette, August 28, 1948
6. Firehouse, with Officer Noonan, 1947

Fire Fighting

Firefighting equipment at Hardy Shoe Store Fire, 1950sFirefighting equipment at Hardy Shoe Store Fire, 1950sFirefighting equipment at Hardy Shoe Store Fire, 1950s
1. Firefighters in action. Fire at Hardy's Shoe Store, 1950s. Fire fighter in full gear at the rear of a hose truck. Officer coordinating operations.
2. Firefighters in action. Fire at Hardy's Shoe Store, 1950s. Ladder trucks in action. Note motion picture marquee.
3. Firefighters in action. Fire at Hardy's Shoe Store, 1950s, seen from street level. Note onlookers.

Fire Fighting--Conventions, Training, Demonstrations

Firefighting Training - Fire Tower demonstration, 1955Firefighting Training - Fire Tower demonstration, 1955, in formationFirefighting Training - Fire Tower demonstration, 1955, safety netFirefighting Training - Fire Tower demonstration, 1955, ladder truck
Firefighting Training - Fire Tower demonstration, 1955, Scaling with LaddersFirefighting Training - Fire Tower demonstration, 1955, Scaling with LaddersFirefighting Training - Fire Tower demonstration, 1955, Scaling with Ladders
1. Crowd ready to watch firefighters at "fire tower" demonstration, 1955
2. Firefighters in formation in front of drill tower
3. Firefighters demonstrating use of the safety net
4. Firefighters demonstrating use of the ladder truck on the fire tower.
5-7. Firefighters practicing scaling a tower building with long ladders

 Fishing

Fishing Rodeo, Ottawa Park, 1949
1. Ottawa Park. Fishing Rodeo, 1949

 Golf Courses

Ottawa Park Statue of S. P. Jermain, 1949Ottawa Park Statue of S. P. Jermain, 1949
1-2. Ottawa Park. S. P. Jermain Statue, 1951

 Halloween

City-sponsored Halloween Frolic, 1950s
1. City-sponsored "Halloween Frolic" in 1950s.

 Harbor Light

Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, 1955
1. Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, seen in 1955

 Housing

Housing Commission Members D. Mehring, R. Messuger (?) William Galvin, McClinton Nunn, Ed Sheldon, Art Gratop (others no id) November 18, 1950Housing Survey.  Student interviewers leaving Douglass Community House, April 9, 1955Housing Survey.  Student interviewers Mary Witleau of University of Michigan and Ellen Patridge of BGSU doing interview, April 9, 1955
1. Housing Commission Members D. Mehring, R. Messuger (?) William Galvin, McClinton Nunn, Ed Sheldon, Art Gratop (others no id) November 18, 1950
2. Housing Survey. Student interviewers leaving Douglass Community House, April 9, 1955
3. Housing Survey. Student interviewers Mary Witleau of University of Michigan and Ellen Patridge of BGSU doing interview, April 9, 1955
Lucas County Home for the Aged (Arlington near S. Detroit), 1949Lutheran Old Folks Home (Seaman & Wheeling), n.d.Housing for Veterans at Bayview Park, Manhattan, April 12, 1947Housing for Veterans in front of Waite High School, April 12, 1947
1. Lucas County Home for the Aged (Arlington near S. Detroit, 1949)
2. Lutheran Old Folks Home (Seaman & Wheeling, n.d.)
3. Housing for Veterans at Bayview Park Manhattan, April 12, 1947
4. Housing for Veterans in front of Waite High School, April 12, 1947

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