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The Chicago Fire, reported in a Chicago newspaper...



Item # 661816

October 11, 1871

CHICAGO EVENING MAIL, Oct. 11, 1871 

* Great Chicago fire
* Best title to be had (rare)


What could be better than a Chicago newspaper covering the Chicago Fire of 1871?
A great issue created under challenging situations as explained on page 2: "To Our Readers & The General Public" "Although not a type or a dollar's worth of the material of the Evening Mail survived the conflagration, arrangements have been made whereby the paper will be regularly issues from Lind's Block, east end of Randolph street bridge, until further notice. That you will bear with our small size & indifferent appearance until we can do better..." and more.
The front page has two stacks of column heads which include: "CHICAGO DESTROYED" "Most Appalling Calamity on Record" "The Whole Business Portion of the City in Ruins" "Thousands Escape With Only Their Lives" "Chicago Will Rise Again" and more.
Curiously another fire in Wisconsin raged at the same time & it was deadlier than the Chicago fire, with heads: "Horrors Elsewhere" "Chicago Outdone by Wisconsin Terrors ""Whole Towns Burned Up" "Many Drowned in Escaping from the Flames".
As the photos show there is minor loss to the upper left, and more loss to the upper right, the latter effecting most of 'MAIL in the title but fortunately no ftpg. text. Several small & very discrete archival mends at the edges.
Indeed, this is just a single sheet newspaper measuring 12 by 18 inches

Category: Post-Civil War