Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department Chemical Cart

April 2015

The last few months I’ve been researching all of the historic fire apparatus that the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Dept. has owned over the last 118 years. The department is lucky enough to still own some of the really old apparatus, such as this 1890s chemical cart, which we display upstairs in the fire hall.

This particular piece of apparatus is a bit of a mystery though, as it never shows up in any of the old photos we have, and I haven’t found any mention of it in the research I’ve done so far. My best guess is that it served right around 1890 to 1900. I was able to locate some info on it based on a photo of an identical cart on the web.

But since we didn’t have any historic photos of it, or any good modern photos of it, I thought it would be a good project to try some automotive type lighting on. I set up my studio lighting equipment up in the hall and took a series of photos to document it for the FVFD web site. You can see the rest of the photos on the c. 1890 Chemical Cart page.