The photos may be black and white, but the destruction wrought by Boston’s Great Molasses Flood in 1919 doesn’t appear any less dramatic due to the lack of color.
Not long after the massive tank of molasses ruptured in the North End on Jan. 15, killing 21 people and injuring roughly 150 others, photographers were at the scene, capturing crumpled buildings and workers cleaning the sticky, smelly mess.
Here are some scenes from the day of the flood and afterward, taken from The Boston Globe‘s archives and Boston City Archives:
The Boston Globe archives
Boston City Archives