Fire Marks: The Visible Proof of Insurance

Thu Oct 28, 2021
5:30pm ET
All ages
$5 plus service fee

Carpenters’ Hall recognizes National Fire Prevention month as they dive into a presentation about the use of insurance fire marks and its American origin brought forth by Ben Franklin’s company, The Philadelphia Contributionship.

Serving as the nation’s first successful property insurance company, they popularized the use of Britain’s insurance fire marks in early America. Seen on countless historic homes, including Carpenters’ Hall, the fire mark’s origin in Philadelphia sparked the first of many American property insurance companies and an array of lead, wood, and iron markings decorating the city homes. 

Independent curator, Carol Smith presents this information. She is an archivist who has worked with a number of Philadelphia’s institutions including Carpenters' Hall and Christ Church. For many years she has served as the archivist and historian for The Philadelphia Contributionship, America’s oldest property insurance company.

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