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The Great Conemaugh-Valley Disaster, - Flood & Fire at Johnstown, PA.


  • PUBLISHER: Published by Kurz & Allison, Chicago.

  • MEDIUM: Chromolithograph

    DATE: 1890.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 17 1/2 x 25" (44.5 x 63.5 cm)

  • DESCRIPTION: The Johnstown Flood occurred on May 31, 1889, as a result of the failure of the poorly maintained South Fork Dam, 14 miles upstream of the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The dam's failure unleashed a torrent of nearly 5 billion gallons of water which obliterated the town and killing over 2,200 people. It was the first major disaster relief effort handled by the new American Red Cross, led by Clara Barton.<br><br> The firm of Kurz and Allison were a major publisher of chromolithographs during the late 19th century. Based in Chicago, they built their reputation on large colorful prints depicting various battles of the American Civil War. In all, a set of 36 battle scenes were produced They also published views of the Spanish–American War, portraits of important figures of the day and disasters, of which the Johnston flood is one.


  • CONDITION: Good condition save for some minor damp staining along the left edge.


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