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Frank B Davenport photographs of the Atlanta Fire of 1917

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Frank B. Davenport photographs of the Atlanta fire of 1917, 1917 (VIS 80)

Frank and Emmagene Davenport lived on 345 Pine Street in Atlanta when on May 21, 1917,
a series of fires broke out that eventually consumed over 300 acres  of property in and around downtown Atlanta.  The fires caused more than $5 million in damage and left over 10,000 people homeless. Frank Davenport took the photographs in this collection after the fire.  One image depicts the damage done to Davenport’s house.  Also included are shots from an aerial perspective of the aftermath of the fire.

The Frank B. Davenport collection contains 9 black and white photographs, all of which are digitized and available on this database.

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Digitization of this collection is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.