The Great Fire of Sept. 21, 1776 raged through lower Manhattan & destroyed over 500 buildings, nearly a third of the city. Aided by strong winds & tightly packed homes, the fire crossed Broadway & burned west to the Hudson River, stopping only when it hit the undeveloped King's College campus, & British marines were dispatched to fight it. As a result, 25 percent of the city needed to be rebuilt, including Trinity Church & the commons area that is today City Hall Park.
Fireman. Dignified and characterful portraits of Londoners, believed to be by photographer Donald McLeish (1879-1950), selected from the three volumes of Wonderful London edited by St John Adcock and produced by The Fleetway House in the nineteen-twenties.