Pomeroy, Oh. 1901. 15 original photographs, each approximately 3.75 x 4.75 inches, mounted on heavy card. Slight curling to mounts. Detailed manuscript notations on verso of each mount except two. Clean and clear images. Very good. Item #3743
A striking group of fifteen mounted photographs that depict the town of Pomeroy, Ohio, before and after a devastating flood of the Ohio River that occurred on April 25, 1901. Six of the images depict the town two years prior, circa April 1899, and include views of riverboats and tugboats on the Ohio, the local streetcar power station, and a parade on the main riverside commercial street. The nine images following the flood show the inundation of Front and Court Streets, stores and houses destroyed, riverboats run aground, and much more. The preponderance of photos have detailed captions on verso describing the scenes and location of each view. The captions of the "after" shots are signed by Albert H. Diehl, a local shopkeeper, and the handwriting describing the "before" views is similar. Very interesting documentation of an area on the Ohio-West Virginia border often affected by flooding.