Newspaper clipping, reporting a fire at 135 Commonwealth Ave (Boston MA) that almost killed Gordon Copeland.

Title

Newspaper clipping, reporting a fire at 135 Commonwealth Ave (Boston MA) that almost killed Gordon Copeland.

Date

estimated around 1960, definitely prior to January 17 1961 (see description)

Description

This scan is of a xerox of a newspaper clipping that describes "a blaze at on the top floor at 135 Commonwealth Ave" in which "Gordon W. Copeland," (Charles' partner) "34, an occupant... was taken to City Hospital after being overcome by smoke. He was found in bed by firefighters." The front page photos captioned "A Gasp For Life" shows (1) Gordon laying on the ground as firefighters prepare to administer oxygen, and (2) Gordon as he "receives the precious oxygen while being carried to a waiting ambulance."

The date (and name) of the newspaper was not included in the section that was xeroxed, but the archivist speculates it was from 1960*, given the other events reported. This archived scan crops out the other items on the original xeroxed page, that are not directly relevant to the Shively Collection.

*(Patrice Lumumba is missing and was "given the boot" by President Joseph Kasa-Vubu, and speculated to be sheltered at the USSR Embassy; Lumumba was Prime Minister of the Congo from June to September 1960, until he was dismissed by President Kasa-Vubu, and killed on January 17, 1961. John F. Kennedy, a Senator, and Richard Nixon are campaigning against each other, which happened in 1959-1960. And, the Mayor of West Berlin is named as Willy Brandt - he was Mayor from 1957-1966.)

Creator

newspaper publisher, unknown

Format

8.5"x9"

Original Format

xerox of newspaper clipping

Citation

newspaper publisher, unknown, “Newspaper clipping, reporting a fire at 135 Commonwealth Ave (Boston MA) that almost killed Gordon Copeland.,” Documented | Digital Collections of The History Project, accessed June 21, 2018, https://historyproject.omeka.net/items/show/343.

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