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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Headline News: 1925

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Headline News: 1925

Washington, D.C. "Newsstand, 1925." Out-of-Town Papers, with Information Cheerfully Given. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

The Headline

In 1925, the S-boat class of U.S. Navy undersea vessels suffered a series of accidents. Among those was an episode on January 29, 1925, involving submarine S-48, that matches the Chicago newspaper's headline. Traveling up the New England coast from New London, the vessel encountered a fierce winter storm with strong gales which initially hurled the ship up on the rocks of Jaffray Point near the entrance to the Portsmouth, N.H. harbor. Not only did the gale force the sub up onto rocks, but the landing caused a chlorine leak on board that forced the crew to huddle in one end of the ship. Fortunately, a later gale and its wave refloated the sub, and pushed it into the relative safety of the harbor, where the crew could be rescued. Meanwhile, the same storm caused blizzards further down the east coast, which may account for the snow and slush in the gutter.

Bandage on finger

Likely a "paper" cut.

400 Block of 11th Street NW

This is the same location as another shot featured on Shorpy from a much warmer season in 1921 http://www.shorpy.com/node/11170.

 
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