06/02/12 186 W, 1 I - + 9 - 6 The Richard M. Adleman Collection

A treasure trove of historic apparatus photos has started appearing on eBay. The pictures are from the collection of the late Richard M. Adelman of Memphis, TN. During his decades in the fire service, he shot and traded thousands and thousands of photographs. His son Bill Adleman, a retired firefighter, is making them available on eBay. He's 8x10 photographic prints from the original negatives. Using a darkroom and everything. Among the offerings so far are dozens of North Carolina rigs.

Here's a sampling from his most recent auctions. Left to right, top to bottom are trucks from Goldsboro FD (no windshield!), Greensboro FD (light/power truck), Guilford County FD (FISH team), Guilford College FD (and later Knightdale Public Safety), Kinston FD, Raleigh FD (pre-cab extension and white-over-red), Raleigh-Durham Airport FD, and Winston-Salem FD (two-axle snorkel!).

Great stuff, and he welcomes queries about specific trucks and departments. As his description notes, the collection features hundreds of thousands of shots. See all his current items for auction. And keep watching for more, as he regularly adds items.

I noticed on ebay that there was a sold photo of an American LaFrance Aerial that my company used to own. I was wondering if I could purchase a reprint.
craig (Email) - 10/04/12 - 13:11

looking for any slides of my old fire department. TRURO TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPT. Reynoldsburg, OH if you can help let me know. thanks
mike - 04/06/17 - 16:52

I found a picture on ebay of a truck I sold as a new unit. Bay City Florida is the title, actually Bay County Fl. Had the word Southport on it. I ordered it and I notice it is a side a picture is way more prefered over the slide, he also took a picture of my dealership Panama Fire Apparatus had a lot of extrem neon on the building, I would LOVE to purchase that picture if possible, please contact if that can be done Thank you
Michael Woolford (Email) - 08/31/17 - 16:08

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