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. Possibly from Cook's Earthquake views, No.157, scene near Accomodation Wharf. Written on front, at bottom: 'Charleston Earthquake Scene - ruins on Accomodation Wharf.' Charleston city directory for 1886 lists Accomodation Wharf as opposite 176 East Bay Street.
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.'
Caption: 'Cook's Earthquake Views of Charleston and Vicinity. Taken after the 31st of August, 1886. No.66, _____ Alston, East Battery.' Charleston city directory for 1886 shows various members of the Alston family at 21 East Battery.
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.'
Caption: 'Cook's Earthquake Views of Charleston and Vicinity. Taken after the 31st of August, 1886. No.67, G.W. Williams, Jr., Atlantic Street.' Charleston city directory for 1886 shows George W. Williams, Jr. at 2 Atlantic Street.