the first fire apparatus built by the Knox Automobile Company that was located
By 1909, the department had 5 Knox units in operation. The photograph that was
used for this postcard shows 2 chemical and hose cars operated by Squads A and
B and 2 cars used by the chief and his assistant. I found this information in
the book “Images of America: Springfield Firefighting” by Bert D. Johanson and
Nancy B. Johanson; Assisted by Fred Rodriguez.
The first modern and “state-of-the-art” fire engine was built in 1906 by Knox Automobile Company in
who later became famous for its fire trucks. Springfield, Massachusetts
This card was printed in Germany and published by the Springfield News Company circa 1909 under the name "Poly Chrome". Their style has been described as "colors so bright and so flat that they almost resemble screen-prints."