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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

1953 Tornado Slideshow

Tucked away in an obscure corner of the City of Worcester home page you will find a collection of 108 slides of the damage caused by the 1953 tornado in Worcester. To find the slides go first to the City Clerk's link and then look under History, Trivia, Vital Stats and more.
The slides were taken by former City Assessor Howard T. Rourke and his wife Dorothy. While some of the slides are a bit blurry and there sometimes seem to be a great many views of a single house, you come away from the presentation with a greater appreciation of how this horrendous storm disrupted the lives of ordinary people.

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