Alexander Allison's New Orleans
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Breath's Store after the 1915 Storm

When the unnamed 1915 hurricane hit Bay Saint Louis on September 29 it killed at least one person, washed away the beach road, and destroyed all of the wharves and bathhouses—and most of the buildings--on the beach front. The debris shown in Allison’s photograph is probably the remains of the dry goods store operated by Rita Breath and her teenage daughters Josephine and Ernestine.

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