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1929 Detroit Study nightclub fire...



Item # 642465

September 21, 1929

THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 21, 1929

* The Study club fire
* Detroit, Michigan disaster
* Illegal prohibition era nightclub


The top of the front page has a one column heading: "18 DIE, 47 INJURED IN FIRE AND PANIC IN DETROIT CABARET" with subheads. (see) First report coverage on the prohibition era Detroit, Michigan nightclub fire disaster shortly before the great stock market crash of 1929. Always nice to have notable events in history reported in this World famous publication.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 40 pages, this is the rare rag edition that was produced on very high quality newsprint, with a high percentage of cotton & linen content, allowing the issues to remain very white & sturdy into the present. Given the subscription cost, libraries & institutions rather than individuals were the primary subscribers of these high-quality editions. Nice condition.

wikipedia notes: On Friday September 20th a fire occurred at the Study Night Club, a cabaret, located close to East Vernor Highway in Detroit, Michigan. Though the official cause of the fire was not determined, it is assumed that it began in the stairwell (lined with flammable draperies and decorations) leading to the second floor and was caused by a discarded cigarette. The owner of the building believed the fire to be a result of a bomb. The stairwell happened to be the only means of egress for the second floor patrons. Over 20 people were killed in the aftermath with nearly 50 injuries. Despite the stairwell being blocked, some people managed to find their way to the roof of the building where they escaped by jumping off the building. Most people survived this way and suffered only broken bones. Others fled for safety to back dressing rooms in the building and were found at that location after the fire. It was reported by survivors that some patrons believed the fire to be part of the dancing act provided that evening. Most windows were blocked with boards and were inaccessible even to fire fighters. The majority of those who died were in their 30s and most deaths were attributed to suffocation as well as asphyxiation from toxic fumes emitted from the burning debris rather than the actual heat from the flames. Post fire the building interior was completely destroyed while exterior appeared undamaged minus broken windows. The fire escape along the side of the structure apparently was inaccessible and useless to trapped patrons. Some estimates reported losses to be over US$ 35,000.

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