Did You Help Create a 'Happy Hydrant'?

Belmont residents Denise Chase and Shelley Frost are producing a documentary film about Belmont's legendary "happy hydrants" and they are seeking out anyone who may have been involved in the project.

By Denise Chase and Shelley Frost

Calling all Belmont fire hydrant artists from 1976...

Did you or someone you know pick up a paintbrush back in 1976 to create one of the many bicentennial inspired fire hydrants decorating our town of Belmont?

Do you have any memories or stories to tell that harken back to the days when the hydrants were being painted?  

If so, we would love to talk with you about your experience of painting the hydrant or seeing the transformations happen, what it meant to you then, and your thoughts about the project today.  

We are two Belmont residents, Denise Chase and Shelley Frost, producing a short documentary film detailing the history of these fire hydrants, where the idea came from, the personalities who brought them to life and fought for them when they came close to their demise.  If you would like to learn more about this film project, or be interviewed on camera, please feel free to contact us at belmontproject@yahoo.com.


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Ginny Iuppa October 16, 2012 at 11:09 PM
My family painted the hydrant at Monroe & Forest. I still live in the same house on Bayview Ave. The hydrant we painted, sadly has been replaced with a standard one. But, I do have pictures. We painted the hydrant on the 4th of July, in the blazing sun, and were so proud of the resulting, Bicentennial Snoopy, and Woodstock sitting on the post nearby.
Anne Anderson October 17, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Tami, Dorothy did not paint Tioga Tilly, Jean Anderson did and she also painted the one for the Pine Brook Restaurant.
Alsn Elt October 03, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Elise Helen Elliott, my grandmother, was the painter of the Patriot Happy Hydrants. I believe Paul Revere was her favorite accomplishment, as a photo of it was hung on her wall. I'm a year late in responding- but I thought it should be mentioned. She passed away 15 years ago in Denver, Colorado, but many of her naive, child-like images remain on this earth, dotted across the country. She would be so happy to know her art is remembered even if it no longer stands.
Joan S. Dentler October 03, 2013 at 12:47 PM
Thank you for your comment Alsn Elt....it's great to know these hydrants hold a special place in the hearts of so many. And you should know, I took this photo of Paul Revere just a year ago, so it still stands. Your grandmother would be proud :)


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