08/10/09 108 W, 1 I - + 9 - 8 The Henry McShane Manufacturing Company

Here's a neat advertisement from 1898 that appeared in the back of An Official History of the Fire Department of the City of Baltimore by Clarence H. Forrest, which also happens to available for online reading and download from Google Books. How cool is that!? Among the companies listed in the ad is the McShane Bell Foundry, which cast numerous fire alarm bells delivered to our state. One such bell was recently returned to the Raleigh Fire Department, after spending several decades atop Withers Hall at NC State. The foundry still operates, and their above web site has a history. Click to enlarge:

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