Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Co. (1911-1953)
C.D.Beck Co. (1953-1956)
|This is an Ahrens-Fox radiator emblem (c1936-1940's) mjs|
Size: 105mm wide 70mm high MM: D L Auld
In 1913, Ahrens-Fox produced a 44 hp six-cylinder automobile called the Battalion Roadster, which was equipped with some fire fighting equipment but intended for use by fire chiefs. However, only six of these roadsters were built.
The Ahrens-Fox piston pumper was a successful fire engine and acquired an excellent reputation for performance and durability. In 1915, Ahrens-Fox introduced its Model K pumper, which had a single, spherical brass air chamber mounted in front of the radiator. This characteristic style would continue in use until into the 1950's. In 1917 an Ahrens-Fox pumper was the first to drive water over the then tallest building in the world, the 60 storey Woolworth Building in New York City. New models were introduced through the 1920's but the Great Depression resulted in very few units being produced in the period from 1931 to 1936.
|Ahrens Continental nameplate (1907) cmfem|
The Ahrens Fire Engine Company emblem shown below was attached to part of the fire apparatus:
|This is an Ahrens Fire Engine Company emblem (1907) cmfem|
|This is an early Ahrens-Fox radiator nameplate (date unknown) mjs|
Size: 445mm wide 80mm high
The Ahrens-Fox Model K pumper in 1915 displayed the Ahrens-Fox name on a large nameplate under the pump equipment at the front of the chassis. This nameplate continued to be used in this location on Ahrens-Fox pumpers for many years, see example below:
|This is an Ahrens-Fox pumper showing front nameplate (c1927) ms|
|This is a close up showing the Ahrens-Fox front nameplate ms|
From the mid-1920's, the Ahrens-Fox name also appeared on a nameplate located on the outside of the body under the drivers cab on most Ahrens-Fox fire engines, see example below:
|This is an Ahrens-Fox side nameplate (1920's) ms|
Also, in the 1920's, Ahrens-Fox fire engines without the front mounted pumper equipment displayed the Ahrens-Fox name on a nameplate attached to the radiator tank top. I do not have a close up photo of these nameplates but they may be similar to the cast aluminum Ahrens-Fox nameplate shown below:
|This is an Ahrens-Fox nameplate (1920's) mjs|
Size: 174mm wide 56mm high
|This is an Ahrens-Fox radiator emblem (c1934) mjs|
Size: 80mm diameter MM: Fox
The enameled Ahrens-Fox radiator emblem shown above at the top of this post was either attached to the radiator top or to the radiator grille using a special mounting clip and was used from about 1936 to the late 1940's. This Ahrens-Fox radiator emblem is very rare.