We’ve all seen photos of fire horses, and I’ve even posted quite a few here. Most of them are posed fire-house portraits, but some show the horses, men, and equipment (purportedly) on their way to a fire. I do wonder how many of these photos may been staged … the photographic (and even, in some cases, film) technology of the day didn’t exactlyallow for a photographer to run up and quickly snap a photo like we can now.

But this is the very first fire-horse photo I’ve seen with an actual fire.

The photo was taken on May 18, 1913, in Washington, DC. As you might imagine, there are quite a few “ghosts” in the photo, indicating that people and horses were moving around during the long-ish exposure … which certainly isn’t surprising under the circumstances.