Vintage (late 1920s-1930s) hardcover book Tom Swift Among the Fire Fighters (subtitled Battling Flames from the Air) by Victor Appleton. Published and printed by Grosset & Dunlap, New York.
This hardcover book is complete at 214 pages plus advertising supplements at the back of the book. NO! dust jacket.
About the story: Book number 24 in Appleton's beloved Tom Swift adventure series first published in 1921. The series has five installments in total and Tom Swift is the main character in all. Termed Quality American Juvenile Science Fiction and Adventure when the first book in the series was published in 1910, each of the novels focuses on science, invention and technology. The full series totals more than 100 volumes. Many of Tom Swift's fictional inventions describe actual technological developments, in many cases predating technologies at their time which are now considered commonplace.
In this installment, Tom and Ned Newton are reviewing financial records at Swift Construction when a fire breaks out at the fireworks factory in town. Assisting the firemen, Tom and Ned rescue Josephus Baxter who has been developing a new dye formula and hired out laboratory space at the factory. During the mayhem created by the fire and the rescue, Mr. Baxter loses the formula, but is positive the owners of the factory have stolen it. Tom feels pity on the man, and allows him use of the labs at the Swift Construction Company. While observing the blaze, Tom wonders that there is not a more efficient way to fight fire. These thoughts lead Tom to develop a new fire suppressant chemical and an air-borne system to deliver the new chemicals to the upper stories of the new skyscrapers that are being built. Tom also rescues a small boat in distress, with the aid of a naphtha launch.
Condition of book: In FAIR! condition, there is separation from the bind and cover at the front overleaf and there is an original booksellers stamped mark to the inside back cover. The name Billy is written in pencil to the inside front cover. Pages show some foxing and spots of browning. All text is clear and legible. Book contains only one black-and-white illustrated plate which is at the front of the book. Embossed cloth boards show spots of rub and wear.
Approximate measurements: hardcover book 8" x 5-1/2" | embossed cloth covers | complete at 214 pages ++ | NO dust jacket.
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