The Chicago Fire


Woodcut images of Chicago’s reconstruction efforts a month after the Great Fire of 1871.

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This pair of woodcut images was issued in the November 11, 1871 edition of the Illustrated London News – almost exactly one month after a devastating fire destroyed over 3 square miles of Chicago and left nearly a third of its residents homeless.

Images such as this generated an enormous outpouring of support from around the globe, and millions of dollars in donations quickly flooded the beleaguered city. The top view shows refugees taking shelter in a local church, while the bottom panel highlights the efforts of local military units (the city was placed under martial law for several weeks) to recover valuables before looters had a chance to get them.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1871

Author: Illustrated London News

Sheet Width (in): 10.75

Sheet Height (in): 15.50

Condition: A

Condition Description: Ragged left binding edge and the sheet is faintly toned from age, but otherwise in fine condition.


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