The 1937 flood that struck the Ohio River devastated most of the communities along the river. This includes such towns as Wheeling, Covington, Louisville, Paducah and many more. To this day it is one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit that part of the U.S. This booklet is a memorial to that event. While the booklet is not dated, the immediacy of the event suggests that it was published in 1937 shortly after the flood waters receded.
It is a soft covered piece of ephemera and the covers measure 8 ½ inches by 11 ½ inches. There are 48 printed pages. The first four pages are strictly text that describes and sums up the event. After that there is a map of the impacted areas and the remaining pages are all photos of the devastation in the many cities that were inundated. It was published by The Picture Press of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and the copy price printed on the cover is 25 cents. There are some condition issues. The covers on both front and back are soiled and faded in places. There is one 1/4 inch tear in the back cover. The pages including the cover wrapper are still all intact and the staples holding it together are firmly in place. There is one page in the middle of the booklet that has a hole in it approximately ½ inch around. The primary condition issue is water staining that effects every page to some degree. This has also created some minor wrinkling of the covers. When you think about it, this water damage is all appropriate considering that it is a booklet about a disastrous flood. The text and photos are still quite readable and viewable, so that the booklet does its job of informing the reader very well.
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