“Rural community fire apparatus purchased through the Progressive Farmers Club, and manned by the Village Fire Department”

By an unknown photographer, Watertown, Minnesota, ca. 1925

Firefighters’ clothing was part of their safety equipment. Heavy raincoats and distinctive headgear served to protect them from fire, water from the high-pressure hoses they use, and falling debris.

National Archives, Records of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics (983-ML-21713)