DEVASTATING HURRICANE HITS MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA!
Although it has been a rather quiet hurricane season thus far, if we have learned anything at all from history, it is that we must be vigilant and prepared for the worst even as we hope for the best. Michael Hughes has just recently donated an issue of La Domenica del Corriere and an extract from The Illustrated London News that brings home the dangers of living in a hurricane-prone region.
Italy’s La Domenica del Corriere (or The Sunday Courier) led with bold headlines and a large front page color illustration depicting the category four “cyclone devastatore” with 125 mile per hour winds that whipped through South Florida on September 18, 1926. As the eye of the storm passed over Miami Beach creating a half hour lull, many of the recent and inexperienced residents erroneously assumed that the storm (and danger) had passed. Consequently, many Miami Beach residents were caught out in the streets, or worse, trying to evacuate the barrier island and many were swept from the bridges and drowned when the rear eye wall of the storm hit.
The Illustrated London News also described the hurricane’s impact on Miami and Miami Beach, including photographic images of the damage wrought by the storm.
These recent gifts to the library collection will be added to other materials in our collection, including a special edition pictorial pamphlet published in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane.
News coverage of the storm’s devastating impact had a devastating economic impact of its own. In the wake of the Great Miami Hurricane, the Florida land boom went “bust” and the “Great Depression” got an early start in the Sunshine State.