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Facade in the air

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Object:Facade in the air
Description:A group of firemen wearing black uniforms and helmets have torn down the facade of a gutted wooden two-storey house with a long rope. The entire facade is in the air and just about to hit the ground. One fireman is running towards the camera, the others are attentively observing the scene.
Comment:The photograph was shot in the context of an article printed in Cumhuriyet with the title, ‘Yesterday the city once again witnessed a fire catastrophe’. The facade belonged to the konak of Adil Paşa and was located on Tavukçu Street. The fire broke out in the Sultanahmet district on 9 June 1934 in a house allegedly rented by a certain Fehrettin Bey. Due to strong winds, the whole neighbourhood was set alight within moments.
Location:Istanbul, Sultanahmet
Country:Turkey (contemporary)
Turkey (historical)
Type:Photographic negative
Creator:Görgüç, Namık or Giz, Selahattin
Keywords:370 Energy and Power > 372 Fire
360 Settelments > 369 Urban and Rural Life
Bibliography:Şehir dün bir yangın felâketi daha geçirdi. Cumhuriyet, 10 June 1934, 1.
Copyright:Yapı Kredi bank
Archive:Yapı Kredi tarih arşivi, Istanbul (Collection Selahattin Giz), Inv. No.: 2/0323B
Editor:Joël László