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[A wounded survivor of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: People stand on the sidewalk across the street from the Lucus Cafe, a liquor store and a dime store. A woman with bandages on her face and arm and bloodstained clothing looks at the camera. A flag flies at half mast near the cafe. Signs on the storefronts read: "5-10 store", "Clark's liquor store" and "Lucus Cafe." On the reverse side of the photograph is written "Irving Peterman" in cursive. The picture was taken from City Hall which was located on the SW corner of 6th Street and 6th Avenue.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Survivors and rescue workers at an aid station after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A first-aid and disaster relief station at night. Rescue workers, victims and medical personnel move about the area. Cots are set up in rows. On the far right, a man lying under a blanket is being examined by military personnel. At least two people are wearing visible head bandages The aid trailer has the numbers "32195" written on a window. Behind the trailer is a large building with some visible window damage.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[A damaged church after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A church shows noticeable damage after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. The left wall has partially detached from the framework, and windows have been blown out. Debris lies in front of the church. The building to the left has sustained damage to windows and some damage is visible on the facing wall. On the back of the photograph is written :"Church on Texas Ave - front view".
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Survivors wait at an aid station after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: People of all ages stand or sit on cots at an aid station set up under some trees after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Some individuals have blankets around their shoulders. Some people are wearing head bandages. At the left, in the foreground, are large jugs of water.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Disaster victims being assisted after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A disaster relief worker in uniform leads a groups of disaster victims. An older woman wearing a coat, an older man carrying a child, a woman carrying bedding and blankets, a woman in a hat (of the same uniform as the first woman) and a group of men follow her. On the left, a man wheels a stretch or a cot with pillows from the back of a vehicle. On the right is an empty bus. The area is dark.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[At the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An honor guard is placing a coffin in its designated location at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held at Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. The coffin is being placed in the 8th spot of the 2nd row. Seventeen other identical coffins topped with flower sprays are already in place. A large crowd is gathered for the service, standing outside the roped-off area. On the back of the photograph is written: "Caskets were arranged in 3 rows - on either side of location of fountain - six rows all together Mass funeral 22 Jun 47."
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Loading a casket into a hearse before the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Four men load a casket into a hearse in preparation for the the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held in Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. At the far right, another man reads a piece of paper in front of another hearse, with a partial license plate of "MORA HE 3 Tex"
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[A nurse in a makeshift hospital comforts a victim of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A nurse bends over an unidentified man, injured in the 1947 Texas City Disaster, who is lying on a cot in a makeshift hospital. In the background are two other medical staff members and other cots. A folding chair with bedding stands near the patient's cot. On the back of the photograph is written: "A nurse comforts an injured man in a make shift hospital".
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Coffins of victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster being lined up at the mass funeral service]

Description: Pall bearers, or an honor guard (at least two of the men seem to be in uniform), carry in the casket of an unidentified victim of the 1947 Texas City Disaster at the mass funeral service on June 22, 1947. Two rows of identical caskets have already been brought in and two more caskets stand in a third row. A small group of clergymen awaits the casket. A large crowd of people stand behind a fence or spectator ropes on three sides of the burial site. Funeral wreaths stand at intervals around the caskets. The tops of parked vehicles are visible behind the crowd. In the far distance can be seen some refinery facilities.
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged train cars after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two construction cranes stand alongside a line of damaged freight cars, with the sides of most of the cars pushed in. Debris is scattered on and around the railroad tracks. On the right in the background, a metal framework from a covered track/conveyor system is twisted and bent. Two men stand near a bulldozer, looking at debris. A power pole with no electrical lines attached stands near the train tracks. In the right front corner, piles of sacking or burlap lie scattered between two sets of tracks.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Carrying a coffin in preparation for the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Identical coffins decorated with floral sprays are lined up on the porch of the temporary morgue building at Camp Wallace in Hitchcock. Four men dressed in suits carry one coffin to waiting hearses. On the back of the photograph is written: "This is a scene at Camp Wallace in Hitchcock, where the unclaimed bodies were stored in cold storage awaiting identification. The individual caskets were loaded into individual hearses loaned by over 50 funeral homes in southeast Texas. The man carrying casket on right front is John Irwin's brother - don't know name."
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[At a Red Cross aid station for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Three victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster sit on cots at an outdoor first aid station under trees (possibly behind City Hall). A Red Cross worker is talking to one of the victims with a blanket around his shoulders. The other two victims have bandages on their face or head.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[A damaged vehicle and structure after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: The metal framework of a vehicle sits amid the railroad tracks in front of a badly damaged structure. The vehicle appears to be fitted with wheels for running on railroad tracks and has sustained extensive crushing and missile damage. Debris is scattered all over. A portion of a concrete wall of the structure behind it still stands but a section on the right that has collapsed to ground level.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged cars after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A damaged car sits in a parking area surrounded by other damaged cars. Compression and missile damage is evident. The right side of the car is covered with black soot and/or oil. On the horizon on the right, can be seen some of the refinery structures.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged houses after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two damaged houses after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. The house on the right has been badly damaged. The left wall has detached from the house structure. The windows and doorway on the front and sides have been boarded up, some of the framing is missing, and a long board has been detached and broken across the front. The house on the left leans noticeably to the right and has visible structural damage.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged houses after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two houses show visible damage after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. The one story house on the left appears to have been split apart in the middle and has visible roof damage to the rear. The house on the right is raised above the ground, but shows damage to some of the siding on the lower level, and appears to be leaning. Some building debris is visible in the foreground.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Hearses waiting to be used after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Rows of hearses are lined up alongside a one-story white building and the road that leads to it. A small group of men stand outside one of the hearses on the road. A larger group of men stand on the porch of the building. Low clouds, or possibly smoke, hang in the sky over the scene.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Hearses waiting to be used after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Rows of hearses are parked alongside a one-story white building and the road that leads to it. A small goup of men stands near one of the hearses. Two groups of men stand on the porch of the building. Low clouds, or smoke, hang overhead.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged houses after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Damaged houses after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. In the middle of the picture, a one-story house shows considerable roof damage to the front half of the house. The front facade is missing most of the boards, and the doors and windows have been blown out. On the far right, a one story building shows visible leaning in the front half. On the far left, a two-story building shows missing boards on the front and left sides.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library