Caption: Five Washington University students pose with an antique steam-powered fire engine on Oct. 14, 1932, during the annual "fire prevention week." The old engine was parked at Kingshighway and Lindell Boulevard. Firefighters kept hot water in the boilers and fuel in the fireboxes, and would ignite the fuel upon receiving calls. This steam engine originally was pulled by horses, but is shown with a one-wheeled motorized tractor that was installed in 1918. The department didn't use modified tractor-steamers long because they were unstable, sometimes falling over on tight turns. Standing along the engine are, from left, Helen Wallace, Dorothy Lehnertz, Hope Bridges, Muriel Hicks and Norma Branditz. (Post-Dispatch)
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