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Collection TitleMC 06 American LaFrance CompanyCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByKimberly Richards, Rachel Dworkin
Date Completed:Spring 2006
Date Updated:February 2010
Provenance:This collection is a series of donations made by former employees and members of the LaFrance family.
Terms:Aerials, American LaFrance, Asa LaFrance, Blazes, Fire Trucks, The Phoenix, Pumpers, Truxton LaFrance.

American LaFrance, originally called the LaFrance Manufacturing Company, was established by Jon Vischer and Truckson LaFrance in Elmira in 1873. The company manufactured steam fire engines and other firefighting equipment. In 1900, it merged with several other firefighting apparatus manufacturers. In 1903, this new company became known as American LaFrance Fire Engine Co. In 1985, the Elmira plant was shut down by American LaFrance’s parent company, Figgie International, Inc. After years of financial difficulties and multiple owners, American LaFrance ceased production in January 2014.

Notes:More information can be found in the following collections: Biography Files (BF20-425, BF39-500); Archival Collection (CL 18 - Tom Byrne Papers, CL 11 - John Huonker/ Hi-Bar Collection, CL 91 - Broadway Middle School Library Files); Manuscript Collection (MC 12 - William Lacey Collection); Postcard Collection (PTC.2); Photograph Collection (PC 14, 15); Stereographic Cards (SC 04);  Maps, Architectural Drawings, Oversized (MP); and Subject Files (VF 265-020, VF265-025, and VF265-062).
Extent1.5 linear feet
Date Span1906-1996
AbstractThe American LaFrance Company Collection contains product guides, brochures, specification manuals, blueprints and publications regarding the company's fire engines and other fire equipment.

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Handbill - The American LaFrance Pumper Type 75, 1928. HandbillA0802
Handbill - The American LaFrance Pumper Type 91, 1928HandbillA0803
Handbill - The American LaFrance Pumper Type 92, 1928.HandbillA0804
Handbill - Leadership! The Metropolitan by American LaFrance, 1929.HandbillA0805
Booklet - The Invader: A Cab-Ahead of Engine Pumper by American LaFrance, 1948. BookletA0806
Booklet - In American LaFrance Fire Engines There's Extra Value for You, 1955.BookletA0807
Advertisment - The New Town, Rural, County, Fire District Fire Engines by American LaFrance: Ranger 500 G. P. M. Pumper, Crusader 750 G. P. M. Pumper, Protector 1000 G. P. M., 1955.HandbillA0808
Advertisment - The New Custom Built Fire Engines by American LaFrance: 5 Models: All NBFU Pump Ratings, 7 Engines: A Complete Range of Sizes, 1957.HandbillA0809
Advertisment - The World's Finest All Steel Aerials…For Safety and Performance by American LaFrance, 1958.HandbillA0810
Advertisment - New Features…New Design…New Performance by American LaFrance, 1958.HandbillA0811
Booklet - The American LaFrance "900 Series" Fire Fighting Equipment for Commercial Truck Chassis, 1959.BookletA0812
Booklet - American LaFrance Fire Engines: The Standard of Excellence in the Fire Service, 1959.BookletA0813
Booklet - The New "Series 800" American LaFrance Fire Fighting Equipment for Commercial Truck Chassis, ca. 1950s.BookletA0814
Advertisement featuring the Norman Rockwell painting "The New American LaFrance is Here," ca. 1950s. AdvertismentA0815
Booklet - The Height of Fire Fighting Excellence...Aero-Chief by American LaFrance: The Standard of Excellence, 1967.BookletA0901
Advertisment - The Pioneer: The Practical Pumper for Growing Fire Companies, American LaFrance, 1967.HandbillA0902
Booklet - Custom Aerials, American LaFrance The Standard of Excellence, 1968.BookletA0903
Advertisment - Ladder-Chief…New From American LaFrance of Course!, 1968.HandbillA0904
Booklet - American LaFrance 900 Series Custom Pumpers: The Standard of Excellence, 1969. BookletA0905
Booklet - The Standard of Excellence: American LaFrance 1000 Series Custom Aerials, 1972.BookletA0906
Booklet - Economical Versatile Capable: American LaFrance Pioneer II Pumper, 1973.BookletA0907
Booklet - The Standard of Excellence, American LaFrance 1000 Series Custom Pumpers, 1973.BookletA0908
Booklet - The Century Series by American LaFrance, 1975. BookletA0909
Advertisment - Century Midship Aerial by American LaFrance, 1979.HandbillA0910
Advertisment - American LaFrance Commercial Pumpers & Aerials, ca. 1980s.HandbillA0911
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