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[MISSISSIPPI FLOOD]. Real photo postcard featuring a group of African American men, women, and children seated next to railroad tracks surrounded by water in Helena, Arkansas. [Ca 1910s].

5.5 x 3.5 in. real photo postcard. (Missing upper right corner, with surface soil, creasing, and notable rip in paper lower right, spotting/discoloration to verso.) Period ink inscription on verso reads "poor and Homeles [sic] out of High water Helena Ark." 

The eight subjects featured here were likely family members displaced by the Mississippi River flood of 1912. They appear seated in a group with at least two large trunks among them. The 1912 flood reportedly killed 200 people and caused damages in excess of 45 million dollars in the Mississippi Valley Region. 

Estimate: $200 - $400
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$125
02/26/2021

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