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Cantankerous Wisdom: Raisins and Ladder Paint Gallery

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Cantankerous Wisdom: Raisins and Ladder Paint

The extension and roof ladders on this 1936 American La France pumper only had the top portions painted white. The photo was taken in the early 1970s. (Photo by author.)

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Cantankerous Wisdom: Raisins and Ladder Paint

While in service in the mid-1960s both ground ladders on this 1938 Mack pumper had both ends painted white. (Photo by author.)

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Cantankerous Wisdom: Raisins and Ladder Paint

Fifty years later after the Mack in photo 2 was restored, the ladders’ bottoms were painted black while the tops remained white. (Photo by author.)

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Cantankerous Wisdom: Raisins and Ladder Paint

The aerials in photos 4, 5, 6, and 7 are painted black, blue, and two shades of gray (or silver) with different colors on the tips. Two of the tips have reflective striping. Aerial ladder tip "identification" can be done by painting and/or using fluorescent tape, warning lights, 12-volt or 110-volt spot/scene lights, or rung illumination lights, which are standard on all Ferrara aerials.

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Cantankerous Wisdom: Raisins and Ladder Paint

The aerials in photos 4, 5, 6, and 7 are painted black, blue, and two shades of gray (or silver) with different colors on the tips. Two of the tips have reflective striping. Aerial ladder tip "identification" can be done by painting and/or using fluorescent tape, warning lights, 12-volt or 110-volt spot/scene lights, or rung illumination lights, which are standard on all Ferrara aerials.

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Cantankerous Wisdom: Raisins and Ladder Paint

The aerials in photos 4, 5, 6, and 7 are painted black, blue, and two shades of gray (or silver) with different colors on the tips. Two of the tips have reflective striping. Aerial ladder tip "identification" can be done by painting and/or using fluorescent tape, warning lights, 12-volt or 110-volt spot/scene lights, or rung illumination lights, which are standard on all Ferrara aerials.