Two real photo postcards of the Great Salem Fire of June 25, 1914, Salem, Massachusetts. One of the messages on the reverse of the cards, postmarked July 27, 1914, reads, in part: "Some sight to see", which I believe refers to the writer's shock at seeing the aftermath of the fire.
I'm not able to read the postmark on the card shown above, except for the date of 1914 at the bottom. I can almost see an EA, but I don't want to get ahead of myself and assume that means Eastport, just because the addressee, Charles Lurchin, was born there.
The second postcard shows a militia man guarding the ruins at Lincoln Street. This one has a clear postmark that reads Lynn, Massachusetts, July 27, 1914.
At the very least, I hope you find these postcard scenes of the devastating Salem fire interesting; perhaps you will find them meaningful from the genealogical perspective as well. Until I started researching today, I had no idea I would be delving once again into the War of 1812 era in downeast Maine. Fun!
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