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Posted 10/09/2016   5:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
With Hurricane Matthew petering out, I thought it might be a good time to start a disasterous topic -- Disasters! Natural or man-made, these often made eye-catching subjects for postcards. Who can resist a good train wreck?







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Believe it or not, I always keep trash bags real close by in case of emergency evacuation.

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Posted 10/09/2016   6:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Down town Point Arena, Mendocino County, 100 miles north of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. Post Office is still standing!
The red x down next to Halliday's Livery is GGrand pa Ainsely's harness shop.


The top of main street, Point Arena.



3 Miles north of town, the Point Arena Light didn't fare so well, and was totaled, But was rebuilt in 18 months.


A View of the light in 1885 for comparison. This is a photo, not a post card.







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Posted 10/16/2016   12:48 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This card is something of a mystery. It appears to depict a sea view of a volcanic eruption along a coast. The postcard has no caption, but it's printed in English on the back. I did a little digging and there was an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1906 and the volcano is right along the coast of Italy. Any other thoughts?

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1883 eruption of the volcano on the island of Krakatoa?
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It looks like cards I've seen from Vesuvius. There is a similar picture here: http://tickingbombpompeii.weebly.com/
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Posted 11/01/2016   8:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
While the 1906 San Francisco quake is well-documented on postcards, here's one that isn't: the Great Yokohama Earthquake of 1923. At magnitude 7.9, this was actually a little more powerful than the San Fran quake and far more deadly. In SF, only 3,000 deaths were reported. In Yokohama more than 100,000 perished, with perhaps 40,000 missing. This postcard actually shows remarkably little damage.

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A little more than a year after the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, the city suffered another blow. The beloved Cliff House restaurant burned to the ground on Sept. 7, 1907. But damage and destruction was nothing new in the history of the Cliff House, which had been rebuilt four times previously. Within two years the current incarnation was built. It still stands and is currently run by the National Park Service as part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area.





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Recently acquired this one!

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