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1936 Flood and 1938 Hurricane in Hartford and Wethersfield
Photographer:Photographed by Chester Steele , American
Manufacturer:Photograph album manufactured by Unknown
Photography; 165 gelatin silver prints mounted on black wove paper enclosed in cardboard covers with metal screws
Primary Dimensions (album height x width x depth): 9 1/4 x 7 3/4 x 2in. (23.5 x 19.7 x 5.1cm) Sheet (height x width): 2 3/4 x 4 1/2in. (7 x 11.4cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Edward W. Steele
Description: Views of floodwaters and damage to houses and commercial buildings in Wethersfield, Cromwell, and Hartford, Connecticut, during and after the 1936 Flood and the 1938 Hurricane. A three page article,"Once in Three Hundred Years," describing the role of the Russell K. Bourne post of the American Legion, and photographs of newspaper headlines are mounted in the front of the album. Some photographs include views of Legion Hall, a Legion patrol boat, and the 43rd Tank Corps of the Connecticut National Guard, who assisted with relief work. Streets include the Silas Deane Highway, Hartford Avenue, Main Street, North Main Street, River Road, Marsh Street, Elm Street, and Middletown Avenue, all in Wethersfield. Businesses include Colonial Beacon Oil, the Valley Coal Company, the Edwin Taylor Lumber Company, and Colts Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company. Also included are views of the Wethersfield Prison, the cemetery, the town farm, and the Connecticut River. Scenes during the 1938 Hurricane include many fallen trees.
Inscription: Most photographs have letterpress titles pasted to page. Some have typewritten titles in their lower margins. Most are inscribed with numbers in the lower right corner. Some have inscriptions on the verso.
Object Number: 2002.26.1.1-.168
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