There's a house on my usual garage sale route that stands out because of the antique cast iron fire call box posts that stand in the driveway. I've always assumed a fireman lived there who collected fire related items. Last weekend, they were having a garage sale.
His garage looked like a museum dedicated to the history of fire fighting. I asked him if he was a fireman and he said he wasn't, just collected it. His prices for the most part were retail plus, so I didn't pick up much. I did walk away with this metal Smokey the Bear button. It probably dates from the 1960's or '70's.
It's a nice companion piece to the card I found a while back.
I also bought this little stamped tin fireman that appears to belong to a tin toy, possibly a fire engine or maybe he was attached to a ladder. He measures just over 3" long.
But those weren't the best things I found at that sale. You'll have to wait for that on a later post.