1917 photo postcard of soldiers at building destroyed in Halifax explosion

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Photo of soldiers with shovels standing in front of devastated building. Part of the aftermath of one of the largest disasters in Canadian history.

“Snow-Covered devastated residential section of Halifax after terrible explosion – Copyright Underwood & Underwood N.Y."

Published by Novelty Mfg. & Art Co., Limited, Montreal


Top border is chipped above photo, some small corner creases. Edge toning on back.


The Halifax Explosion was a maritime disaster in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on the morning of 6 December 1917. SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship laden with high explosives, collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo in the Narrows, a strait connecting the upper Halifax Harbour to Bedford Basin. A fire on board the French ship ignited her cargo, causing a large explosion that devastated the Richmond district of Halifax. Approximately 2,000 people were killed by blast, debris, fires and collapsed buildings, and an estimated 9,000 others were injured. The blast was the largest man-made explosion prior to the development of nuclear weapons, releasing the equivalent energy of roughly 2.9 kilotons of TNT.