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Morton T. Werner Fire Mark Collection
Occasionally an entire collection is donated to the Museum that adds substantially to its holdings. One such collection, comprising over 1,000 fire marks, was assembled and donated by the late Morton T. Werner. Fire was a constant hazard in an age when people cooked and heated their homes with open fires, and most buildings were constructed of wood. The first firefighting companies were private and worked to protect only buildings insured by their companies, so it was vital for these buildings to carry a fire mark symbol identifying the responsible company. The collection contains early lead and iron marks as well as later enameled metal marks and insurance signs.
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