FDNY Fire Fighter Midnight Alarm
by Manuel Delosas
Shadowy firefighters hold onto ladders as fire rages in background.
There's very little chance that you'll see New York's Bravest lighting a controlled blaze in Madison Square Garden as a fundraising event for the pleasure of spectating thrill-seekers any time in the very near future. But that's exactly what happened on the evening of November 23, 1940, for the amusement of the firebugs of the Big Apple. Whether the conflagration lived up to the one Delosas committed to paper is a bit suspect, but you can't beat the artist's deft touch with color and composition for creating dramatic pyrotechnics.
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