On May 7, 1878, the fire escape ladder was patented by Joseph Winters. Joseph Winters invented a wagon-mounted fire escape ladder for the city of Chambersburg, PA.
Joseph Winters - Fire Ladder
US patent #203,517 granted on May 7, 1878.
Joseph Winters - Improved Fire Ladder
US patent #214,224 granted on April 8, 1879.
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