This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...beginning of the holocaust, there came one of the most thrilling and significant stories of that afternoon of panic. Mrs. Emma ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...beginning of the holocaust, there came one of the most thrilling and significant stories of that afternoon of panic. Mrs. Emma Schweitzler and Mrs. Eva Katherine Clapp Gibson, of Chicago, were the two women who told this story. They occupied seats in the fifth row of the orchestra circle. Mrs. Schweitzler was the last woman to walk out unassisted from the first floor. Mrs. Gibson was carried out badly burned. "The curtain that was run down," said Mrs. Schweitzler, "was the regular drop curtain painted with the 'autumn scene.' It was the same curtain that was lowered before the show started and the same one used during the interval following the first act. No other curtain was lowered. "As soon as the drop curtain came down it caught fire. A hole appeared at the left hand side. Then the blaze spread rapidly, and instantly a great blast of hot air came from the stage through the hole in the curtain and into the audience. Big pieces of the curtain were loosened by the terrific rush of air and were blown into the people's faces. Scores of women and children must have been burned to death by these fragments of burning grease and paint. I was in the theater until the curtain had entirely burned. It went up in the flames as if it had been paper, and did more damage than good." "So far as could be observed from the audience, the asbestos curtain was not lowered at all," said Mrs. Schweitzler. "I was particularly interested in that 'autumn-scene' curtain because I paint oil pictures myself. "Before the show started I sat for a long time examining the painting. From our seats in the fifth row we could see every detail. The 'autumn scene' was done in heavy red and in order to get some of the effects the artist had to use great daubs of paint, smearing it on...
Fair. Signed by previous owner. Cover has some wear and soiling. Some pictures torn and repaired with tape. 368 p. : 24 cm. Includes unpaginated Portraits, drawings and Photographs. This presents a vivid picture, both by pen and camera, of one of the greatest fire horrors in urban history. From Wikipedia: "The Iroquois Theatre fire occurred December 30, 1903, in Chicago, Illinois. It is the deadliest theater fire and the deadliest single-building fire in United States history. At least 602 people died as a result of the fire but not all the deaths were reported, as some of the bodies were removed from the scene. A Chicago Fire Department captain who made an unofficial tour of the theatre days before the official opening noted that there were no extinguishers, sprinklers, alarms, telephones, or water connections. At about 3: 15 P.M., the beginning of the second act when an arc light shorted out and sparks ignited a muslin curtain. Foy was widely seen as a hero after the fire for his courage in remaining on stage and pleading with patrons not to panic.
New. Hardcover reprint of the original circa 1904 edition-beautifully bound in brown cloth covers featuring titles stamped in gold, 8vo-6x9". No adjustments have been made to the original text, giving readers the full antiquarian experience. For quality purposes, all text and images are printed as black and white. This item is printed on demand. Book Information: The Great Chicago Theater Disaster: The Complete Story Told By The Survivorsprofusely Illustrated With Views Of The Scene Of Death Before, During And After The Fire. Everett, Marshall. Indiana: Repressed Publishing LLC, 2012. Original Publishing: The Great Chicago Theater Disaster: The Complete Story Told By The Survivorsprofusely Illustrated With Views Of The Scene Of Death Before, During And After The Fire. Everett, Marshall. S.L. : Publishers Union Of America, circa 1904. Subject: Fires Illinois Chicago.
Very Good. No Jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" Tall. The Complete Story told by the Survivors. MEMORAL EDITION. The Well Known Editor and Descriptive Writer. The Complete Story Told by the Survivors. Presenting a Vivid Picture, Both by Pen and Camera, of One of the Greatest Fire Horrors of Modern Times. Illustrated.
A rare find for the reader, researcher, or student of historical fires of America. This book is an excellent addition to my growing collection of fire history. As a Professor of Fire Science (yes it is an actual discipline) I teach my students the value of lessons learned from these horrific tragedies that we suffer in our "educated" society. Though many new laws, codes, and regulations are born as a result of this case and many others humans never really seem to "get it" when it comes to fire safety. Classic modern day example: February 2003, Warwick, Rhode Island - Station Nightclub fire.
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