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Maysville, Kentucky Flood, Photograph February, 1884
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Maysville, Kentucky Flood, Photograph February, 1884

By Kackley, J[ames] T.

Maysville, Kentucky: J.T. Kackley Photographer, 1884. 1884. Original photograph measuring approximately 9" x 5 3/4" of the Maysville Flood. The Flood swept through the town on the night of February 27, 1884. The Marysville Daily Bulletin reported: "The little town looks as thugh it had been bombarded and taken by storm Nearly the whole of Front street was descroyed, and every brick home on it was thrown down...The large brick warehouse belonging to Mr. True ...fell in on every side." (report February 28, 1884). Another report notes: "Thieves are taking advantage of the temporary absence of lighted streets in Maysville.. ..and plundering....It would go hard with them if caught, if one were to judge by the armament of the Marhsall and his ...three big navy revolvers." (Enquirer, 1884]. Verso of card has partial label which can be read as J.T. Kackley, Photographers, West 2nd Street, Maysville, KY.


Iroquois Theatre;  ... Chicago; Souvenir Programme
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Iroquois Theatre; ... Chicago; Souvenir Programme

By Noona, Thomas J.

Chicago: Press of Rand McNally & Co, 1903. 93p. The Iroquois Theatre fir of December 30, 1903, took more lives than any other fire in American history. Six hundred and two people, mostly women and children, died in a flash fire that leaped from the atage to the audience during the second act of an elaborate holiday production. The multiple safety violations have been documented in Nat Brandt's Chicago Death Trap. Yet here was what was termed the grandest theatre in America waiting for a spark to set off the gas lines, the flimsy flammable curtain, the locked exit doors, and dozens of violations that led to the strictest enforcement in the nation. In its place the Ford Center for the Performing Arts arose but for the famillies and friends of those who perished the horror was not erased until the last survivors died near the end of the 20th Century. The book which was issued just before the fire described its ornate design under the guidance of Benjamin H. Marshall, the architect, Described are the beautiful curtains [made of asbestos not noted at the time], which in 15 pages describes the rich woods, curtains, and stained glass windows but not that the combination with locked windows provided the background for a horrendoujs disaster. Eddie Foy was in the cast and he escaped the fire after helping the female members of the cast to safety. On page 11 he and Blanche Adams are shown on the list of characters in the play, Mr. Blue Beard, which was being presented as the fire broke out during the second act. The Theatre Magazine of January 1904 gives one of the first in depth accounts of the disaster and provides many of the details that Iroquois management sought to minimize.


The Great Flood of 1903; Being a Graphic Story of How Two Mad Rivers, the Missouri and the Kaw, Deluged Kansas City and Its Suburbs

By Hill, W.R. (William Ryan)

Kansas City, Missouri: Enterprise Pub. Co, 1903. Cloth Hard Cover. Good. Ocatvo. 92p. dozens of photographs of the flood. A first hand account of the flood when both the Missouri River and the Kaw (Kansas River) brought about a devastating flood. Not only a list of all those who served to protect people and the property but hundreds who were missing. Official accounts of the dead ranged from a few dozen to the high thirties but there were many whose bodies were never recovered. They are listed here with very little biographical information such as John S, Kaw Avnue or Mrs. Kennedy, negro.


Preparing for an Uncertain Climate, 2 Volumes

Washingtion D. C.: Office of Technology Assessment, 1993. Wraps. Good/No Dust Jacket as Issued. Soft Cover. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 359,383 pages, index, maps, graphs, charts and photographs. Corner creased on volume one. Light scuffing to both books. Previous owner's name inked on ffep of vol. one.


Hurricane Hugo: Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Charleston, South Carolina, September 17-22, 1989

By Golden, Joseph H.

Washingon, DC: National Academy of Sciences, 1989. Paper Monograph. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 276p. OCLC reports there is a copy in Biibliotheek van de Univ van Amsterdam as well as all major university libraries. Very Good.


The Public Policy Response to Hurricane Hugo in South Carolina

By Mitttler, Elliott

Boulder, CO: Institute of Bevaioral Science, 1993. First Edition. Soft Cover. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 72pp. Very important discussion of hurricane disaster responses in South Carolina in 1989. Bound in light blue paper wraps. Near Fine.


Floods of 1950 in California

By Edmonston, A. D., State Engineer

Sacramento, CA: State of California, Division of Water Resources, 1950. First Edition. Soft Cover. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. (approx. 85 pages). Tabular data on rainfall, discharge, and flood levels. Photographs. Maps. Bound in light blue paper wraps, with dark blue spine tape. Library bar-code sticker on rear endpapers. Very Good.


That Day in June: Reflections on the Teton Dam Disaster

By Thomas, Janet, Bernice McGowan, Mary Tingey, and Margaret Thomas (editors)

Rexburg, ID: Ricks College Press, 1977. Chemise Box. Very Good+/Very Good. Second Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 8vo., vii, 309pp. Personal accounts from hundreds of witnesses. Gold-lettered stone cloth; Pictorial dust jacket (lightly soiled, small chipping, sun-faded spine).



By Cohn, Henry S. And Bollier, David

New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1991. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Ocatvo. 207 pp. 12 pages of b&w photos. The story of the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey fire which could have bankrupted the circus, if a group of Hartford attorneys had not formed an alternate solution, placing the circus in receivership allowing it to generate profits to pay off the litigants.


Cabin Tantra; Spring

By Gash, James

Monterey, KY: Larkspur, 1077. Limited. Pamphlet. Near Fine/No Dust Jacket as Issued. 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall. 32mo., 21 leaves. Number 139 of 250 copies. The quiet musings while waiting for floodwaters of the Kentucky River to recede. In brown wraps, cover pattern printed green.


Probable Maximum Flood: Salt and Verde River Basins

By Erickson, John R., Clifford R. Brockman, and Justin M. Turner

Phoenix, AZ: Water Resources Associates, Inc, 1983. First Edition. Ring Binding. Fine/No Jacket. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 4to., (~105pp) Hydrological treatise on flood stage and storage units or all the streams draining the Mogollon Rim in central Arizona. Tales, charts, glossary. In printed cover, with black ring binding, and plastic cover.



By Moore, Harry Estill et al.

Austin: University of Texas, 1955. Original Wraps. A Very Good Copy Limited. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Not continuously paginated. Copied typewritten text of reports written on the aftermath of tornadoes in 1953-1954. Errata sheet. Pa pers demographically breaking down information on the effects & response.