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1889: Johnstown Calamity
1889: Johnstown Calamity

1889: Johnstown Calamity

Regular price £100

1889: A tree pierces a house in the Johnstown flood calamity, Pennsylvania

(George Barker / Library of Congress)

The Johnstown calamity of May 31, 1889, annihilated the city Pennsylvania city of Johnstown. The city, located at the intersection of three rivers, was protected by the South Fork Dam, 14 miles upstream.  But, when six and ten inches rain fell in 24 hours, the dam broke, releasing 20 million tons of water.  A vast wave of water swept over the city. More than 2,200 people lost their lives - at the time, the single biggest loss of civilian life in the US.

This picture shows the impact of the flood on John Schultz’s house. The entire house was swept to the end of Main Street from Union street.  Schultz and five other people were in the house - and all survived.



  • Limited edition print run of 100 pieces

  • Supplied with Paper Time Machine certificate of authenticity to provide limited edition provenance

  • Hand printed in the UK, global shipping available

  • Dimensions: 30 x 40cm including border for easy framing

  • Presented on premium Fuji photographic paper

  • C-type Fuji Crystal archive paper with a semi-matt finish. The paper is coated with a slightly stippled texture giving a very natural photographic finish with subtle colour