Although these cards claim that on July 7, 1915 a tornado struck Cincinnati it was, in fact, not a tornado. No one had seen a tunnel-shaped formation and the winds only reached 60 miles per hour. With today's construction the damage would be much less. This would be referred to as a microburst today. Nevertheless property damage was over $1 million and 38 people died, the most ever recorded for a non-tornado event. The storm struck at night and most of the deaths were caused by buildings collapsing onto residents getting ready for bed. Several steamboats were overturned with their crews missing and presumed dead. Ludlow and Covington Kentucky were also heavily damaged.
The next six cards are of a residence at 8th & Cutter Streets where 6 people died.
These six cards show the destruction at 6th. & Mound Streets. 12 people died.
9th Street near Mound
These three cards are of 5th and Central. (the third card shows a shop selling postal cards)
The East Pearl Street cards above show the damage caused when the steeple of St. Philomena Church fell on this building (a bakery) which was across the street from the church.
The Big Store on 5th Street near John St. Automobile blown 200' to Fourth and Walnut
Steamer Convoy Pleasure boat Kelle Steamer Fulton Court and Broadway
E. 2nd Street 2nd and Main
1917 TORNADO IN HYDE PARK
The first recorded tornado in Cincinnati is this one on Sunday, March 11, 1917. It struck in Hyde Park, O'Bryonville, Mt. Lookout, Ault Park, and the East End.. The homes in the cards below were located in a six-block radius of Morton, Linwood, Grace, and Griest Avenues. The tornado killed three people, injured 32, and destroyed 110 homes. Property loss was estimated at $500,000.
1308 Grace Ave. 1317 Grace Ave.
The 1317 address for the 3rd & 4th images above was supplied by visitor Jay Gilbert who lived in the house in the 1970s. The house had a framed picture of the postcard along with a colored photograph of the house from the same angle. The 4th image shows the same house from a different angle. The two photographs above show the homes as they look today.
2 Views of Residence on Linwood Ave.
4th & Ewing-Real Photo
1936 TORNADO TERRACE PARK
Terrace Park tornado. 4/30/1936