Images supplied by Steve Redick of extra alarm fires in Chicago during 1954
Images from Steve Redick’s collection from 1953
4-22-78, a 2-11 at 46pl and Lasalle Ave. I processed these in my own darkroom, shot on TRI-X. I was riding on Engine 84 that day and we were due on the 2-11 … dropped a 3-inch line into the Snorkel if I remember right. Used a Canon Rangefinder camera
Additional photos at Chicagoareafire.com
Several 1951 classic fire scene images from the collection of Steve Redick:
More newspaper images out of Steve Redick’s archives from the 1950s.
In the 40s and 50s my father had contacts in some of the local newspapers. After a spectacular photo was published he would write in and get 8 x 10 black and white prints, apparently made from the original negatives. It appears most of these would have been taken with a speed graphic, and are of very nice quality. These images are from the "classic" period in news media photojournalism. You just don't see fires or images like these in today's world. I am lucky enough to have access to my dad's collection, and am sharing these with a whole new generation of fire fans.