A postcard featuring a Pirsch hand drawn ladder wagon, manufactured circa 1880. Published by Johnson Printing, Inc. Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Starting in 1857, Nicholas Pirsch began producing fire engines and ladders. By 1970, the Pirsch Company became the largest United States manufacturer that focused exclusively on the production of fire equipment. Feeling competitive pressure from foreign companies, Pirsch stopped operations in 1986 and declared bankruptcy in 1987.