Simon Bretano's 1912 Washington Monument (New York City) Ceremony Volunteer Firemen Association Ribbon and Medal
New York City: 1912. The medal is approximately 7" long. The pale blue ribbon has faded printing that reads "Dedication of / Washington's Monument / Feb 22 1912 / New York City." A hanging medallion, featuring a color illustration of a firemen saving a woman as flames blaze around him, contains the text, "Exempt and Volunteer Firemen Association / New York City." An additional color medallion with a portrait of George Washington is affixed to the ribbon. A brass pin-plate at the top has an insert that reads, "Simon Bretano." Some soiling. Good to Very Good. Item #008970
Bretano, the head of the famous bookselling and publishing company, was the single most knowledgeable person about New York firefighting and one of the most knowledgeable experts about firefighting in general. He was often consulted by fire departments from around the world.