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Kendrick, John B.
History of the Wallingford Disaster.

Hartford The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.: 1878.

On Friday, August 9th, 1878 a tornado passed through Wallingford, Connecticut, ripping a large portion of the town to shreds and killing 29 people. Although one runs across 19th century chronicles of tornadoes from time to time, one rarely finds an account as detailed as this account, nor one which spends so much time describing the aftermath -the rescues, the cleanup, the visits by dignitaries and sightseers, and so on. Nor does one often come across an account illustrated quite like this one. There are 8 full-page woodcut plates showing the destruction, from ruined houses and buildings to a giant elm snapped like a toothpick. The plates' style is a very stark and sharp, almost modern, or reminiscent of the 1930s. The effect is quite startling and dramatic. A most interesting tale and illustrations of a disastrous storm and its aftermath.

Hardcover. 6"x9", 76 pages, 8 b/w plates covers with some wear and soil, some internal soil, pp 7/8 detached but present, and with some chipping along the edge.

Inventory #: 5561
Price: $ 125.00      

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