Nov 17, 2016 - Sale 2432

Sale 2432 - Lot 224

Price Realized: $ 438
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
(MISSOURI.) Goebels, Rudolf. Photograph of the St. Charles bridge collapse. Albumen photograph, 5 1/2 x 7 1/2, on original plain mount; pencil caption on mount recto reading "St Charles Bridge," photographer's label and partial inventory label on verso; adhesive remnants on verso. St. Charles, MO, circa 1879

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One span of this bridge over the Missouri River collapsed in November 1879, plunging 18 railroad cars into the river, and sending 5 men to their deaths. Some of the wrecked cars can still be seen above the waterline in this haunting image. In the foreground, somberly-clad picnickers discuss their mortality.