This is a series of photos that were taken on a pier in New York City, were it appears that the city’s fire department was testing some on its early fleet of “motor fire engines”. They evidently called the engines by that name, to differentiate them from the earlier steam-powered designs, which may have also still have been in use at the time. The engines are quite interesting, as are the goings on, the spectators and what can be seen of the city in the background.
The huge engine (below) is the only one that can be identified by its “Robinson” radiator badge. If you can tells us more about the makers of the engines at the (top) and in the middle (above) please send us a comment. The Robinson’s monster six-cylinder engine is an L-head design so large (below), that it is equipped with a gear-reduction-hand-crank starter visible just below the radiator. Photos courtesy of The Library of Congress.