Boston-General view of the Ruins, from the West side of Washington Street - The Old South Church and the 'Transcript' Building in the foreground.
1872 (dated) 10.5 x 15 in (26.67 x 38.1 cm)
This is a dramatic journalistic view of Boston, Massachusetts prepared to illustrate the ruin after the Great Boston Fire of 1872. Issued just three weeks after the tragic fire (November 7-8, 1872), this is one of the first publications to illustrate the destruction caused by the fire's fury. In the foreground, the Old South Church and office building of the Boston Evening Transcript are seen, as viewed from the west side of Washington Street. The background includes views of the destroyed building and structures. One of the few early that depict the devastation after the Great Boston Fire.
Harper's Weekly (1825 - 1916), subtitled "A Journal of Civilization" was a weekly political magazine and news journal published out of New York City. The Harper brothers, James, John, Joseph and Fletcher, began publishing in 1825. Inspired by the London Illustrated News, they created Harper's Weekly in 1857. The important weekly journal witnessed some of the most important moments in history from the American Civil War, to the serialized publishing of Dickens novels, to the inventions of the modern Santa Clause by illustrator Thomas Nast. Harpers continued to publish until 1916. The Harper name is still alive in the magazine business to this day.
Harper's Weekly, November 30, 1872, p 396-97.
Very good. Minor toning and spotting.