The restoration below is of a 1936 San Francisco engine. Fire apparatus in San Francisco for the past 100 years have been painted this very dark maroon. At a parade, muster or large fire, one city's unique colored trucks would stand out from the rest.
more American LaFrance engines
Restoring the gold leaf decoration
on American LaFrance fire engines...
By staying with the same look for decades, the American LaFrance Company developed a continuity in the appearance of their vehicles. A fire house could have a new and an old American LaFrance engine, and the decoration would match, though the bodies were different.