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Catalog Number PH 1999.01
Title John P. Cleary Photograph Collection
Collection Photograph Collection
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date 1874-1983
Scope & Content This collection contains images of fire equipment owned by the town of Winchester, from horse drawn to modern-day engines, ladder trucks, rescue trucks and lighting trucks. There are also photographs of fireman, fires in Winchester, a Memorial Day parade and the funeral procession of retired Chief Francis Amico. The latter two were accessioned in 2007.

In addition, Fire Chief Nash donated a small collection of photographs belonging to Donald Young, who was once the fire department's photographer. His brother, Murray Young, also amassed a large collection of fire photographs. The photographs contain images of local fires and fire equipment. Many of the photographs have John Cleary's handwriting on the back. Also of note of photographs of the America La France ladder truck, which Clearly donated to the Archival Center in 2010.
Admin/Biographical History John Cleary was born in 1944 and his family moved to Winchester in 1945. He graduated from Winchester High School and was an auxiliary fireman for the Winchester Fire Department from 1962 to 1984. He is a collector of fire department memorabilia and related photographs.
Copyrights Permission to publish material from this collection is subject to approval by the Town of Winchester.
Finding Aids A finding aid with detailed information about the contents of the collection is available. Contact the Archives for a copy.
Subjects Disasters
Fire alarms
Fire engines & equipment
Fire fighters
Fire fighting
Search Terms Aberjona River
American LaFrance
Beggs and Cobb
Canal Street
Chapin School
Coolidge Road
Elks Lodge
Irwin Farm
Mill Pond
Ridge Street
Waterfield Building
Webster Street
Wedge Pond
Winchester Fire Department
People Amico, Francis
Cleary, John
Fox, Ahrens
Young, Donald
Young, Murray
Containers Auxiliary Fire Department
Black Horse Reel
Horse Drawn Engines
Engines 1 and 2
Engines 3, 4, and 6
Equipment - Ladder, Lighting, and Rescue