Charleston Earthquake scene. Sign at bottom of image: 'Mr. August Melm's room, 21 King Street.' Also, written on front, at bottom: 'Earthquake - Charleston S.C. 1886.' Charleston city directory for 1886 lists August Melm, a local attorney, as boarding at 21 King Street.
Charleston Earthquake scene. Written on front, at bottom: 'Charleston Earthquake scene - warehouse on Atlantic Wharf.' Charleston city directory for 1886 lists Atlantic Wharf at the rear of the Post Office.
Charleston Earthquake scene. Written on front, at bottom: 'Commercial Cotton Press, East Bay.' Charleston city directory for 1886 lists Commercial Wharf and Cotton Press, Co. on East Bay Street and Longitude Lane.
Charleston Earthquake scene. Written on reverse: 'East Battery, just below Atlantic Street. Edmonston [sic] House, later the Charles Alston residence. Now (1947) the residence of J.J. Pringle Smith. Old Holmes house on left. Earthquake of 1886 - Charleston, S.C.'
Charleston Earthquake scene, residence on Ashley Street. Handwritten on reverse: 'The residence of the Mayor of Charleston shattered by the Earthquake, Aug[us]t 31st 1886 and occupied by the Mayor's family unitl May 1887. Courtnay's [sic] residence. E.V.V. made bust of this man.'