Hopewell VA RPPC Ruins After The 1915 Fire~January 1916
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Sold Date: 11/10/2007
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
Hopewell VA RPPC Ruins After The 1915 Fire~January 1916Description :
An early real photo postcard view, notated Jan. 8, 1916, of the town of Hopewell, Virginia in ruins after the fire of December 1915.
The town of Hopewell sprang up quickly after the DuPont Co. founded a dynamite and nitrocellulose explosive plant near the James River north of Petersburg, and the company built the town to house it's workers. The town was known for it's bars, brothels, gambling houses, and lawless behavior. In December of 1915 the town burned. It was quickly rebuilt and incorporated, and the town prospered.
I am listing a group of real photo postcards that show Hopewell before the fire, during the fire, and the rebuilding effort in the fire's aftermath. See my other listings.
This real photo postcard shows the ruins of Hopewell after the Dec. 1915 fire. Date of Jan. 8 1916 written on reverse.
All of the cards have pencil notations on reverse, and were addressed to a Jeannette Carter of Norfolk, but not mailed.
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