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Cocoanut Grove, Boston, Massachusetts, 1942Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Cocoanut Grove, Boston, Massachusetts, 1942

Description: Firemen inspect the gutted remains of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub at 17 Piedmont Street (in what is now Boston's Bay Village neighborhood) where a raging fire killed 492 persons out of an estimated 1,000 patrons, who died from burning or smoke inhalation after the club's décor - paper palm trees, draperies covering the ceiling and other highly flammable decorations - caught fire; fire exits were poorly positioned and marked so the panic-driven patrons could not find them. One of the patrons, cowboy movie star Buck Jones, trapped with others, died of his injuries some days later; owner Bernard Welansky, who often boasted of his ties to the Mafia and his close relationship with Boston Mayor Maurice J. Tobin, was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter in not providing safe exits in his club, sentenced to twelve to fifteen years in prison (he served four years);

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, November 28, 1942

Category: Disasters

Topic: Fires

Keywords: disasters, draperies, firemen, fires, gutted remains, involuntary manslaughter, nightclubs, palm trees

Orientation: Landscape

Dimensions: 1950 x 1203 (2.35 MPixels) (1.62)

Print Size: 16.5 x 10.2 cm; 6.5 x 4.0 inches

File Size: 6.72 MB (7,047,400 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000060130

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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