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c1917 Halifax Explosion Disaster Nova Scotia 24 Postcards
  • c1917 Halifax Explosion Disaster Nova Scotia 24 Postcards
  • c1917 Halifax Explosion Disaster Nova Scotia 24 Postcards
  • c1917 Halifax Explosion Disaster Nova Scotia 24 Postcards

c1917 Halifax Explosion Disaster Nova Scotia 24 Postcards

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£120.00


Product Description

A very fine set of WWI period postcards covering the Halifax Explosion, in Nova Scotia, Canada, on the 6th December 1917.

The 24 postcards show scenes of devastation by the largest non-nuclear man-made explosion in history. They are printed from photos in black and white, mainly by Underwood & Underwood of New York. The majority are in very good condition, with just a little marking from being in a postcard album. They are produced by the Novelty Manufacturing & Art Co. Ltd, Montreal. None of them have been used or written on. There is a numbered set of 12 and then 6 repeated of that set (7 – 12). Then there are 6 unnumbered, which are also by Novelty Manufacturing, but do not say Underwood (2 are repeated).

The captions read: 1. Utter desolation and devastation… might have been taken on the battlefields of France. 2. Reclaiming bodies from debris. 3. Actual view of section of Halifax Harbor where explosion… 4. Collision of vessel the SS Imo with Mont Blanc… 5. Soldiers searching debris for victims… 6. Halifax devastated… 7. Indescribable horror and ruin… 8. Snow covered devastated residential… 9. Halifax Railroad Station… 10. Business Street of Halifax… 11. Beautiful Halifax church… 12. View of wreckage… A. Wrecked home in Richmond. B. Ruins at Richmond. C. Olands Breweries completely destroyed. D. Wreckage Sugar Refinery.

The accidental disaster at Halifax, in 1917, was the largest man-made explosion before the development of nuclear weapons, with a force equivalent to nearly 3 kilotons of TNT. It occurred when the French cargo ship SS Mont-Blanc, laden with wartime munitions, collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo in the Narrows, a strait connecting the upper Halifax Harbour to Bedford Basin. The explosion devastated the Richmond District of Halifax, killing 2000 and injuring 9000.

Rare to find in this condition.

Size: 14 x 9 cm (5 ½ x 3 ½ inches)
Weight: 101 g

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