Apr 14, 2015 - Sale 2380

Sale 2380 - Lot 230

Price Realized: $ 812
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(SOUTH CAROLINA.) Collection of photographs of the 1886 Charleston earthquake, a steamship collision, and other scenes. 29 albumen photographs, various sizes but most about promenade size, 4 x 7 1/2 inches, and none smaller than 5 x 4, on original mounts; condition strong, with a variety of captions and backstamps. Mostly Charleston, SC and environs, 1886-[1902] and undated

Additional Details

6 of these photographs depict the aftermath of the 1886 earthquake, the largest in recorded history on America's Atlantic coast. Three of them show collapsed buildings, while one shows a tent village of displaced survivors. Another series of 6 photographs shows the wreck of the steamships Iroquois and Apache when they collided in Charleston Harbor in 1902, some with a crew of African-American laborers salvaging the cargo. Other photographs depict historic buildings (ruined and otherwise), Confederate monuments, a locomotive, and the USS Cruiser Charleston.