In the 40s and 50s my father had contacts in some of the local newspapers. After a spectacular photo was published he would write in and get 8 x 10 black and white prints, apparently made from the original negatives. It appears most of these would have been taken with a speed graphic, and are of very nice quality. These images are from the "classic" period in news media photojournalism. You just don't see fires or images like these in today's world. I am lucky enough to have access to my dad's collection, and am sharing these with a whole new generation of fire fans.