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Reconstructing Charleston [split stereocard]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.1188 Author/Creator: Place Written: Charleston, South Carolina Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 photograph 8.3 x 8.2 cm

Image of the reconstruction of Charleston, with burnt-out and bombed-out buildings evident, and what appears to be a church steeple surrounded by scaffolding. Graphite inscription on verso: "Meeting dr. Charleston, SC." Numeric notation on verso: "257."

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