A collection of vintage Hurricane souvenir books from 1924 to 1991. Southern New England. MLBaron Historical Archives
Vintage Hurricane Photo Albums Now Available on The Web
by MLBaron / westislandweather.com
WEST ISLAND: For those who have an old hurricane photo album tucked away in the attic, you can leave it there for now. Westislandweather.com has added an exciting new feature with most of the popular hurricane books now on line. Some selected books include one of New Bedford's earliest known hurricane souvenir photo albums: "The Worst Storm in New Bedford's History" 1924 - in which the last square rigged American Whaleship "The Wanderer" ran aground and was lost off Cuttyhunk, (published by Reynolds The Printer, NB, ) The 1938 Hurricane, The Hurricane of 1944, and "Hurricane!" 1954 with pictures from Carol and Edna, published by The Standard-Times. Some other rare hurricane publications include The New Haven Railroad and restoration efforts after the '38 Hurricane. Aerovox and Acushnet Process companies also produced booklets for Hurricane Carol in 1954. The photos can enlarged to full screen or automatically put into a slide show. This new section on the West Island Weather Station's web site augments the recent feature of the history of The Hurricane Barrier and the 45th anniversary of it's completion on May 21, 1966.
"I think it's important now more than ever that hurricane awareness and it's immense power be addressed by those who've never been in a hurricane. The last major hurricane to impact Southern New England was Hurricane Bob on August 19, 1991. These hurricane books are a stark reminder as to what could be in store for us again. A recent study has shown that 90% of those living along the coast have yet to experience a major hurricane." MLBaron said.
The 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1st.
The direct link to the hurricane photo album directory : http://www.westislandweather.com/hurricanephotoalbums.htm