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    Default Can You Identify This Object?

    Can anyone identify the object that I am holding in the picture? Do you know the history behind it? I know a little bit about it from reading the paper on the back. Hovever, the paper is badly worn so much of the information is missing.

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    Try a google search. I found this picture there, and also some artciles listed as well.
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    That is a marker used to identify houses insured by certain insurance companys in case of fire. Firemen were paid by the insurance company in money or beer to fight the fire and save the contents of the house. This went out of style when municipal fire departments came into vouge. Sadly the beer in the fire service hasnt fallen by the wayside like these signs.
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    Don't know how specific an answer you are looking for. I believe that is an antique firemark from the days when fire depts were run/funded by insurance companies. It identified which fire dept and insurance company was responsible for a given building.

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    stm has it on the mark .......the fire mark!
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    As others have stated, that's a firemark. It indicated to the fire wardens of yesteryear that the building to which it was assigned was a client of what I'd assume to be, in this case, Firemen's Insurance Company. And, as others have noted, the mark told the firemen (who were paid by the insurance provider) that this building was one of theirs.

    Since that's a pretty common name, you might have difficulty finding out anything more about where the mark is from. The Internet could definitely be a source of further information, and any fire museums in the area might be able to tell you more as well (or they might know someone who's a firemark expert).

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    What you hold in your hands is a reproduction firemark.

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    Originally posted by E229Lt
    What you hold in your hands is a reproduction firemark.
    yeah we have one exactly like that hanging at our station

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    As a side note to above-mentioned information, it was common and documented practise if called to a fire marked with a competing companyís fire mark, to let it burn. Unless of course it threatened their marked property. In which case the fire would have been dealt with and a bill sent to the opposing Dept.
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    Here's one I have
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    and the story
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    Looks like you found your answer. I just happened to
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    http://www.smfd.ca.gov/fire_trivia.htm

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