One of Hartford’s Heroes

In this photograph taken in the early 1870s, the men of Hartford’s Blake Fire Engine Company No. 7 pose with their steam engine. Although the photograph shows only the engine itself, giving the impression that it was self-propelled, it would have been drawn by fire horses. We don’t know much about the men in the photograph, but we do know quite a lot about the man who took their picture, thanks to research by Emma Curry-Stodder, a student at Smith College, who interned in the CHS Graphics Collection in January. To find out more about the short, tragic life of Daniel S. Camp, Civil War veteran, professional photographer, and firefighter, read the article One of Hartford’s Heroes at