Sunday, October 23, 2016

Great Fire of 1872

The Great Boston fire of 1872 was Boston's largest urban fire, and still ranks as one of the most costly fire-related property losses in American history. The conflagration began at 7:20 p.m. on November 9, 1872, in the basement of a commercial warehouse at 83-87 Summer Street. The fire was finally contained 12 hours later, after it had consumed about 65 acres of Boston's downtown, 776 buildings and much of the financial district, and caused $73.5 million in damage. Miraculously, only thirteen people died in the inferno.

 Boston Fire, Nov. 10, 1872. Liberty Square, Water Street, cor. Kilby Street, facing State Street. Claflin Guards, Newton, Co. C., 1st Regt., Mass Militia
Corner of Milk and Federal Streets
Franklin St. (Old South Meeting House in background)
Part of the view of a panorama of Fire of 1872
 Rear of old post office
Remains of Donahoes block, Franklin St

Saturday, October 22, 2016


Here's a diverse set of photos from World War II, courtesy of Anti-Worlds.

 A British soldier gives a defiant “V” sign to German POWs captured at the Second Battle of El Alamein during the Western Desert Campaign. Near El Alamein, Egypt. 26 October 1942
[that V sign also has another meaning in the British world, equivalent to the middle finger]
 Australian soldiers of the 2/9th Light Anti-Aircraft Battery, Royal Australian Artillery position a  Bofors 40 mm anti-aircraft/multi-purpose autocannon at a possible enemy Imperial Japanese plane during the Battle of Milne Bay, Papua, September 1942
 British soldiers pose with a Bofors 40 mm anti-aircraft gun while defending Malta from Axis aerial attacks in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. Valletta, Malta. 12 May 1942
 Four unidentified American Doolittle Raid crewmen, who bailed out over China, are escorted through a Chinese village before being reunited with their unit. The Doolittle Raid  was the first air raid by the United States to strike the Japanese Home Islands. Most of the crew members who bailed out over China, either crash landed, or were shot down by the Japanese. The assistance given by the Chinese to the airmen spurred the Japanese Imperial Army to carry out a retaliatory action called the Zhejiang-Jiangxi Campaign; over the course of four months, entire Chinese villages were destroyed, and an estimated 250,000 Chinese civilians were killed. Unknown village, China. 18 April 1942
 Jewish children sit barefoot and in ragged clothing in 
Nowolipie Street in the Warsaw Ghetto. May 1942
 Jews in the Drohobych Ghetto are rounded by German troops 
for deportation to Belzec extermination camp. November 1942
 Maltese women go about their daily chores, washing laundry amidst 
the rubble caused by Axis Italian and German bombing. April 1942
Most of the remaining Jews in the town of Hanau are rounded up and forced 
to board trains bound eastward to concentration camps. May 1942

Friday, October 21, 2016

Prairie Towns

 Alameda Public School, Sasketchewan
Summer home on the farm of Robert Shepherd, 
Alameda, Sasketchewan, 1912
Centre Street, Assiniboia, Sasketchewan, ca. 1915
Centre Street, Assiniboia, Sasketchewan, 20 July 1921
[exact same view as previous photo, six years later;
interesting to look at the differences!]
Main Street, East side, Assiniboia, Sasketchewan
Source: Prairie Towns

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dick Whittington

 'Buy one get one free', Western Auto Supply, Southern California, 1931
 'Safespot' publicity, Southern California, 1933
 Estelle Ettere and Goodrich Silvertowne grease guns, Southern California, 1931
 Helms Bakery trucks once delivered freshly baked goods to neighborhoods across Southern California. Here’s a truck and its driver in 1931, the year the bakery debuted its fleet.
Publicity shot for the Frank Dillon Tire Co., 1933

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Horace Warner

Here is another set of Mr. Warner's photos of London's East End street kids, who he called 'Spitalfields nippers'. 

 In this image, captioned “Quite Clean ’Nuff”, 
a boy washes his face in a Spitalfields yard
 Jeremiah Donovan, six, was nicknamed 
'Dick Whittington' because of his pet cat
 Joey Lyons and Nellie Slark - the story book
 The “Sisters Ellis” wear matching dresses, probably made 
by their mother, a worker in the garment trade
 Spitalfields Nippers

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Leo White

Unidentified "loggie" on Kaipara Harbour, Northland, 1938
 Unidentified drovers resting on a rural roadside, including cart and flock of sheep
Unidentified group at swimming pool, North Auckland, 1936
 Unidentified individuals at Piha, Auckland, includes 
view of beach, farmland and Lion Rock, 1936
Unidentified man in dinghy, Whangaparoa Harbour, Northland, 1930
Whites Aviation Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library

Monday, October 17, 2016

William James Family

 A mother and children sleep outside on a hot summer night, ca. 1911
 Farmerettes with harvested flax, 1917-18
 Fishing from dock, Oakville Harbour, 1908
 Group of children, Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ca. 1910
 Group of snowshoers on horse-drawn sleigh, ca. 1920
 High wheel bike, 1930
 Hikers in High Park, Toronto, 1910-12