Over 100 rare illustrations depict more than 70 antique fire engines with steam-powered pumps—from the very first one, built in 1829, up to the end of the 19th century. The copyright-free illustrations include pictures of Braithwaite's 'Comet,' built for the King of Prussia in 1832; the Manhattan No. 8 of New York City, built by Lee & Larned; the Hurricane No. 13 of Philadelpia, by Chapman; the Northern Liberty, No. 8, of Boston, constructed by Jucket & Freeman; and many more. The text for each engine provides detailed information on cost, construction, water capacity, and other data.