The Van Zelm Streetscape Cartoons (1922)

Part of a Van Zelm cartoon from 1922, in which Engine One runs out of gas on the way to a fire

Collection link: Van Zelm Streetscape Cartoons

During 1922, the Larchmonter-Times published a series of cartoons by L. F. Van Zelm. The cartoons featured local merchants, advertising their stores, and lampooning local residents. Larchmonters today may recognize the names of relatives.

One cartoon focused on Larchmont’s Fire Department, which was considering the purchase of a new fire engine. Apparently at least some residents had concerns about replacing old and reliable steam-powered and horse-drawn equipment with new-fangled motorized apparatus — Engine One.

The Larchmont Historical Society has scanned the collection and posted it in the digital image collection.

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