It brings out the little boy in everybody , said George Glastris
, a specialist in antique machinery for the Skinner Inc.
auction house , which is holding what it says one of the largest sales ever of firefighting memorabilia on Saturday.
The auction in the central Massachusetts town of Bolton features more than 1 , 000 hoses , hats , silver trumpets , photos , badges and even a horse-drawn steam engine , built in 1905 for Manchester , N.H..
Built around the collection of a Pennsylvania doctor and fire chief who asked to remain anonymous , the sale had been planned for more than a year before firefighters became the heroes of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center
Our first reaction was to postpone it out of respect , Glastris
said.But the people in the fire services said no..And in hindsight we're glad we agreed.
With so many bad things it's been one of the first chances for people to gather and have a bit of fun around firefighting , he
The difference after Sept. 11 is that the general public never realized that people collected old fire hoses , Glastris