Disasters · England

Children eager for toys stampede at theater, causing 183 deaths

June 16, 1883 Sunderland, England Children push passed and over each other to get free toys, killing 183 children between 3 and 14 The children had attended a variety show advertising itself as “the greatest treat for children ever given” and featuring “conjuring, talking waxworks, living marionettes, the great ghost illusion, &c.” for the price… Continue reading Children eager for toys stampede at theater, causing 183 deaths

Crime Scene Photography · Disasters · New York

Steamboat catches fire, sinks, killing over 1000

June 15, 1904 East River, New York City, New York The PS General Slocum catches fire and sinks, killing an estimated 1,021 of the 1,342 on board The General Slocum was ferrying a group for an annual church function when a fire started in the steamboat’s Lamp Room. The flames spread rapidly due to oil-soaked… Continue reading Steamboat catches fire, sinks, killing over 1000

Australia · Crime Scene Photography · Disasters

A fire on an amusement park ride claims the lives of 6 children and 1 adult

June 9, 1979 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia A fire consumes the ghost train ride at Luna Park Sydney, killing 7 The ride, which was constructed in 1931, was understaffed and had inadequate fire prevention systems. These unaddressed concerns led to the complete destruction of the ride. Approximately 35 people were on the ride at… Continue reading A fire on an amusement park ride claims the lives of 6 children and 1 adult

Disasters · Momento Mori and Post-mortem Photography · Pennsylvania

The Johnstown flood which claimed the lives of 2,200

May 31, 1899 Johnstown, Pennsylvania A flood destroys the town of Johnstown, killing over 2,200 and causing extensive damage to property The flood was caused by days of heavy rainfall which the South Fork Dam was no longer able to contain. Engineers near the dam attempted to dig ditches to relieve some pressure but were… Continue reading The Johnstown flood which claimed the lives of 2,200