Vintage Photo of Henderson Ford/Howe Engine by Tony Kelly

Found for sale on eBay is this postcard view of Henderson Engine 5, a 1970s (?) Ford/Howe pumper-tanker. The back reads “North Carolina Fire Apparatus post cards, from the collection of Tony D. Kelly. Collection consists of approximately 200 cards such as this one for trade.” And with his address of “Kinston, NC, 28501.”

The late Tony Kelly was a Kinston firefighter and later Fire Chief (need dates), and a prolific fire apparatus photographer who traded pictures far and wide. Here’s a blog archives posting with a forestry plane picture of his, for example, from the mid 1970s.

Hopefully readers can share information on both (a.) Kelly and his background and (b.) this rig and it’s history. Click to enlarge:

Tony Kelly photo

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  1. Old Engine #4, 1954 ALF, was sold to Jack Slagle after it was declared surplus. In a picture from Lee Wilson, it showed old engine 4 with its number showing on the front. After Slagle closed have no idea where it might have ended up.

  2. Also, I know Engine 3 sat at the city garage for what seemed like forever after the engine blew before eventually being scrapped but what happened to Engine 4? After it went to the city ops building as a spare I know it went away somewhere after the former Engine 1 (Grumman) was renumbered Engine 4 when the new Pierce Engine 1arrived.

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