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VIEWS OF THE PARIS, TEXAS FIRE [wrapper title].
Kansas City: Baird Company Engravers, [1916]. - [1]p. text followed by [23]pp. of illustrations from photographs. Oblong octavo. Original printed wrappers. Lower outer corner of front wrapper torn, short marginal tear to first few leaves, dampstaining throughout. Good. A rare photographic memorial of the devastation of the 1916 Paris, Texas fire. This copy bears a presentation inscription on the front wrapper from a resident of Paris to her friend. The presenter has penciled an "x" on one photograph, and noted in the margin, "x is where I lived." The fire that struck Paris, Texas on March 21, 1916 devastated businesses and homes all over the city. Fanned by fifty mile-per-hour winds, the fire caused millions of dollars in damage and was not extinguished until the following day. The captioned illustrations are after photographs by Josef H. Noyes, and show ruins throughout the town. Businesses and government buildings are empty shells, while any home not built of brick has burnt to the ground. A rare work, with only five copies in OCLC: Yale, SMU, Baylor, Dallas Public Library, and the Texas State Library. OCLC 1720991.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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