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Great Boston Fire of 1872 (II)

Great Boston Fire of 1872 (II)

A city in ruins. Boston, Massachusetts, after the great fire of November 9-10, 1872. View full size. Albumen print by Joshua Smith. Wikipedia link.


Boston Fire

Looks like WWii city after a massive air raid.

Boston Fire

I see the wonderful effects in the photograph made by the extremely long exposure time.

Just astonishing pics

Just astonishing pics- such desolation. Thanks, amazing photographs.

(PS: Making me log in to comment on a pic means I'm probably not going to comment any more.

If I could log-in WHILE I'm making a comment, it'd be better than having to log in first on a separate page. Blogspot blogs do this well.

It sucks to be moved by a photo, try to write with feeling about it, and then be rejected because the site NEVER remembers you. No, go find the log-in, do it, come back, rewrite/paste..

Why make it such a pain in the ass?

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