Innovation of the Era!
Early to Mid 1900s

Right or Left?

As time went on, further innovations were in store for the fire engine. The early 1900's saw many fire engines utilizing pneumatic tires rather than the old-fashioned solid rubber tires. It is also interesting to note that many fire engines were orderable with the steering wheel on the left or right side into the 1920's. During the 1930's, more and more trucks were purchased with an enclosed cab (where the driver and passengers sit) as well, instead of the open cab of the past.
The early 1900's saw the popularity of the windshield rise on fire engines: this gave the driver some measure of protection from the elements and debris. This 1929 Seagrave fire truck features both a windshield and a 75 foot spring-raised ladder.