When I first started cataloging and learning to use PastPerfect, I was told that the conventional numbering system would be current year.accession number.object ID number but if you didn't have a formal accession (i.e., you didn't know where something came from), you'd label it year.FIC (for Found in Collection).ID. It didn't take me long to get burnt out on typing three characters (FIC) instead of just one. In our database, Accession 1 in any given year translates to Found in Collection. . . which is another way of saying "No frelling clue where this sucker came from." Hence, the hose cart is the 234th item found in our collection that I have entered into the PastPerfect database since January.
Once we get our pavilion built and the cart is better protected from weather in the summer, we'll add a few of the things that usually go with a fire hose cart, like a fire hose and a nozzle or two. We've got some nifty fire department stuff, none of which is currently on display.
A small digression. That's Eagle Radio on the other side of the parking lot behind the hose cart. Eagle Country and the Rockin' Eagle are right next door to us -- guess which two radio stations will not come in on the radio in the museum office?