Calhoun Street, Charleston Orphan House Yard

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Photograph of children standing in the yard of the Charleston Orphan House posing for the photographer. Tents are visible in the background and would have been their temporary housing after the earthquake that occurred on August 31, 1886 damaged their living facilities. Handwritten on the bottom reads, "Charleston Earthquake Scene. - Orphans, tenting in the yard of the Orphan House." Caption on reverse reads,"Orphans and tents in which they lived."

Dr. E. P. Howland, a dentist from Washington D.C. and amateur photographer, took over 150 photographs of the earthquake damage in Charleston, the region of Ten Mile Hill and Summerville. He used them for his lectures on earthquakes and sold them as souvenirs for 25 cents apiece.