The great Johnstown flood disaster July 29 2009
New in our gallery and store: This illustration portrays "The great Conemaugh-Valley Disaster -- Flood & Fire at Johnstown, PA" and was published by the Chicago printing firm Kurz & Allison, c. 1892. The illustration portrays the Johnstown Flood disaster that occurred on May 31, 1889 in which more than 2,200 people were killed following the failure of the South Fork Dam. When the dam failed, more than 20 million tons of water rushed downstream. The nation and world responded with an outpouring of support and relief. During the late 1900s Kurz & Allison published and marketed commemorative posters of historical scenes.