This fire truck has become a symbol of the first State Farm company created to provide homeowners insurance. The Empire Hook and Ladder Fire Company of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, purchased it in December that year, and it served there for more than 45 years. Its cast aluminum radiator shell, prominent Mack Bulldog and mechanical louvered cowl doors helped make this a distinctive truck in the Golden Age of American fire apparatus. Its relatively high cost meant few were made. Even fewer have survived.
State Farm purchased and restored “Baby Mack” in 1987. It is one of the most rare and beautiful antique fire engines in America.