Fine Books and Manuscripts: Featuring Important Chicago Memorabilia
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[Chicago-Firefighters] Archive of Photographs, Documents, and Ephemera from a Chicago Fire Marshal. Chicago, 1890s—1910s. Career-spanning archive of material from Charles Seyferlich, a Chicago fireman who joined the department in 1877 and rose to First Assistant Marshal before becoming chief after the death of James Horan in the 1910 Stockyard Fire. Over 75 pieces, including a bound memorial album with hand-lettering and watercolor city seal, small 4to, issued by the Chicago City Council and signed by mayor Carter Harrison Jr. upon Seyferlich’s death in 1914, caused by complications of “bronchitis, stomach, and kidney trouble” after he responded to a third-alarm fire; a lithographed memorial resolution issued and signed by the Chicago Board of Underwriters; gelatin snapshots (49) of intense scenes of firefighting at the Stockyard Fire, firemen combing through rubble, a funeral street parade honoring Seyferlich, and individual images of firehouses and horse-drawn engines and carriages; tickets, programs, and benefit slips from the Chicago Fire Department Annual Ball (15); Seyferlich’s business card as Fire Marshal; his original membership certificate in the Order of American Firemen (1877); postcards; news clippings related to his career and death; and more.
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Minimum Bid: $200.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $720.00
Estimate: $400 - $600
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Saturday, February 2, 2019.
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