Before my client brought me this crumbling 11X14" mounted print to restore I had never heard of The Great Molasses Flood.
In the North End of Boston on Commercial Wharf sat a 2.3 million gallon storage tank made of thin steel. Steel too weak to withstand the stress.
On January 15, 1919 the tank ruptured sending a 25' wave of molasses through the streets of Boston killing 21 people and injuring scores. One can only imagine the devastation it left in its wake.
Another interesting note to this photo restoration project is the photo was made by Underwood and Underwood Studios, one of the most prominent stereoview publishers in the United States (1890's) before moving on to news photography in the 1910's.