Salonika Fire, 18–19th August 1917
24 photographs of the Great Fire of Thessalonika
First edition, hardback bound in plain cloth, 20.5 × 14.5cm, 24 photographic plates. Originally, this would have been loose sheets in a paper wallet, but a previous owner has professionally bound it with the front card of the wallet becoming the title page.
The Great Fire of Salonika (Thessalonika) of 18th / 19th April in 1917 destroyed two-thirds of Greece's second city. It began in the Turkish quarter and strong winds swept the fire through city. These photographs were taken by members of 16th Wing (RFC) photographic section and the British Salonika Force's Royal Engineers Survey Company. The sets of prints were sold as souvenirs with all money raised going toward a relief fund for those people made homeless by the fire. Many older buildings were destroyed including the British HQ, Post Office and Provost Marshal's Office.
The photographs show the extent of the devastation both on the ground and from the air, with three panoramic shots. They detail general shots, specific buildings and some of the relief efforts, and all have a printed title beneath the image. The photographs are: 1. Salvage from a cellar. 2. The burnt area of Salonika, from the Minaret of St Sophia—looking North. 3. Sad reflections. 4. Liberty Square, Stein's Emporium—a fireproof building—untouched. 5. Salvage. 6. The fire at dawn 19th August, from the Turkish quarter. 7. Boulgaroktonos Street. 8. Soup kitchen for Refugees. 9. Source of the fire, environs of the Prefecture. 10. Refugees on the Champs de Mars. 11. Salonika, from S.E., at 10 hours, 19th August, 1917. 12. British fire engines on the quay after three days' work. 13. St Sophia Minaret isolated by the fire. 14. Interior of St Paraskevi with Refugees. 15. Provost Marshal's Office, Alexander the Great Square. 16. British Base Headquarters. 17.Venizelos Street—looking South. 18. The burnt area of Salonika, from the Minaret of St Sophia—looking South. 19. Western Salonika burning, early morning 19th August. 20. Eastern edge of burnt area—from an aeroplane. 21. Burnt area from an aeroplane—looking North. 22. Salonika burning, seen from S.E. at 23 hours, 18th August, 1917. 23. Salonika burning, seen from S.E. at midnight 18th—19th August, 1917. 24. Salonika burning at dawn on 19th August—seen from Kalamaria.
Very good condition. The cloth binding is in good clean condition, and the inner binding is strong. All plates are present and in very good order. A rare item.
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