A group of 21 black & white photos, most 7 x 9 in. (3 slightly smaller), all stamped on verso with "Associated Press Photo," over the course of several days in March 1913, and all with typed paper labels tipped on to the versos or detached but still present, describing the scenes. The images include: searchers working to recover the bodies of quake victims, a seismograph chart photo of the quake as recorded by Dr. Albert Newlin at the Santa Clara University Observatory, a damaged building in Long Beach, a pile of donated oranges available to refugees, firemen battling blazes, sailors and workmen on salvage duty, Huntington Park High School on fire, etc. All of the photos are very good, clear. Item #63697
Known as the Long Beach Earthquake, it was estimated to be a magnitude 6.3, and killed 115 people. It damaged buildings in Long Beach, Compton, Huntington Park, and San Pedro. According to an article by Molly Hennessey-Fisk in the Los Angeles Times on March 10, 2008, marking the 75th anniversary of the earthquake, this quake "defined Southern California as earthquake country." It was the first major earthquake in the region in the 20th century, just as the area was beginning to grow and develop.