02/22/12 46 W, 2 I - + 15 - 11 Vintage Apparatus Postcards, Kinston, Fort Barnwell

Found for sale on eBay. The Kinston postcard is postmarked 1976, the Fort Barnwell postcard does not have a postmark date. At least, as indicated by the eBay seller. Seagrave on left, Ford/Bean on right. Click to slightly enlarge:

I bought that Kinston truck on EBay years ago from Harrell’s Fire Department. Used it for birthday parties and tailgating at the Carolina Hurricane Stanley Cup Finals against the Oilers! I still have my photos from the games, parties, when I picked it up, and when I listed it on Ebay. I have since sold it to a collector in Florida who is restoring it to delivery condition lettered for Kinston FD. I have lost touch with him, but the truck was coming along great last I talked to him.
Donaldson - 02/22/12 - 17:07

Seems like back in the day everyone had one of those Bean pumpers. Fords, Chevrolets, GMCs…. dozens of them around the state. Most, if not all, sold by Mr Hall from Wake Forest.
DJ - 02/22/12 - 20:51

D.J. your right, A.C. Hall sold a many JOHN BEAN truck in North Carolina. But I believe the seagrave above is the first one I,ve seen with raised white lettered tires..
Galax,Va - 02/22/12 - 22:08

Upon further review of my photos, that truck is not the truck I purchased from Harrell’s Fire Department. They are both very similar, but not the same truck.
Donaldson - 02/22/12 - 23:13

Harrells, eh? Pop quiz, hot shot. What’s the Wake County apparatus connection with HFD? Heck, what’s the Durham FD apparatus connection with HFD?
Legeros - 02/23/12 - 08:38

Durham via Garner via Harrell’s. 1940s vintage Ford ‘mini-pumper’ or what used to pass for such…
DJ - 02/23/12 - 10:13

My father Robert Downes drove the Kinston engine from the #1 station on King Street. He drove all of the Engine 1 pumpers from 1959 to 1978.
LEONARD DOWNES (Email) - 05/21/20 - 14:34

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