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February 21, 2012

New at the Museums: See an 18th-century Fire Engine

fire engineInitially granted a patent on December 26, 1721, Richard Newsham’s “new water engine for quenching and extinguishing fires” became the clear choice for anyone in England or America who was serious about combating the flames. So effective were Newsham’s engines that some were used for more than a century. The original engine is on view for the first time.

See the fire engine at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

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