Panoramic Photograph of Kodiak, Alaska Covered in Ash after the Largest Volcanic Eruption of the 20th Century (June, 1912). S. Hunt, hinney.
Panoramic Photograph of Kodiak, Alaska Covered in Ash after the Largest Volcanic Eruption of the 20th Century (June, 1912)
Panoramic Photograph of Kodiak, Alaska Covered in Ash after the Largest Volcanic Eruption of the 20th Century (June, 1912)

Panoramic Photograph of Kodiak, Alaska Covered in Ash after the Largest Volcanic Eruption of the 20th Century (June, 1912)

5.75" x 15.5" panorama composed of two photographs (each 5.75" x 7.25") joined at the center. Captioned "Kodiak, Alaska. Covered with 16 in. of ashes from Katmai Volcano. June 23-12," with the photographer's name and image number given at the lower left. This rare image captures the aftermath of the twentieth century's largest measured volcanic eruption -- that of the Novarupta Volcano at Mount Katmai on the Alaskan Peninsula from June 6-9, 1912. Over the course of 60 hours, the volcano produced a cloud of suffocating gas and ash that darkened the sky over the town of Kodiak so completely that "a lantern held at arm’s length could scarcely be seen" (NPS). The town's water became undrinkable, and the weight of fallen ash collapsed roofs, while other structures burned after being hit by lightning from the ash cloud. A U.S. Coast Guard ship was sent to evacuate residents, but they ended up sheltering on the ship in the harbor after the captain determined that conditions were too dangerous for navigation. P.S. Hunt, who had come to Alaska as a gold rush prospector in 1898 and opened a commercial photography studio in Valdez in 1901, captured this remarkable image of the town two weeks after the eruption ended. Hunt is best known for his extensive documentation of Valdez, where he not only took the portraits that earned him a living, but also captured thousands of images of businesses, residences, ships, and local activities and events. We have not been able to locate another example of this photograph, though it is possible one may exist in institutional collections (University of Alaska, Alaska State Library) of Hunt's work that are not cataloged at the item level.

Item #21781

Price: $400.00

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