Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Twice Told Tuesday - Fire ! Fire ! Fire!




Twice Told Tuesday features a photography related article reprinted from old photography books, magazines, and newspapers.


I attended a reading this weekend where someone asked a question about photographers, their studios, and fire. So today, let's court a little disaster and take a look at fire and its damage in the photographic world of 1914.




Abel's Photographic Weekly
1914

Hutchinson, Kans. Jan. 15. $53,000 fire includes photograph gallery in paths of destruction.

$53,000.00 in 1914 had about the same buying power as $1,144,529.70 in 2010.

Bridgeport, Conn., Jan. 19. Studio of Henry A. Pearlen damaged to extent of $150.00. Fire started by overheated stovepipe.

$150.00 in 1914 had about the same buying power as $3,239.24 in 2010.

Pittsfield, Mass., Jan. 19. Fire starting in studio of F. E. Chittenden burns for three hours, with $40,000 damage to adjoining property. Mr. Chittenden's loss, $10,000, partly covered by insurance.

$40,000.00 in 1914 had about the same buying power as $863,796.00 in 2010.

$10,000.00 in 1914 had about the same buying power as $215,949.00 in 2010.

Charlestown, Mass., Jan. 17. $600.00 damage done to European Photo-Studio, Leon & Garbis, props.

$600.00 in 1914 had about the same buying power as $12,956.94 in 2010.

Madison, Wis., Jan. 13. Curtiss Photograph Studio partially destroyed in fire caused by defective furnace in bank building next door.


Gary Firefighters

1914

Sources:

Anonymous. "Fire! Fire! Fire!." Abel's Photographic Weekly, 1914.

Inflation Calculator


Bortz Photo Co. Gary's Fire fighters, 1914. Photographic Print. Digital. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 US. Accessed February 2010.

1 Comments:

Blogger Joan said...

fM,
Love the way your mind works! I would never have thought that those amounts of money would have been associated with photography in 1914.

Let me take this opportunity to thank you and all involved in Shades of the Departed. I learn so much from each issue. At first I rather gulped it down at one sitting; now I leisurely read each article (sometimes more than once), mull it over, and just enjoy the pictures and the writing. My present to me -- a leisurely read of the Shades.

February 23, 2010 at 7:56 PM  

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