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March 8, 2016

19 Vintage Photos That Capture the Wall Street Bombing in New York City on September 16, 1920

The Wall Street bombing occurred at 12:01 pm on September 16, 1920, in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City. The blast killed 30 people immediately, and another eight died later of wounds sustained in the blast. There were 143 seriously injured, and the total number of injured was in the hundreds.

The bombing was never solved, although investigators and historians believe the Wall Street bombing was carried out by Galleanists (Italian anarchists), a group responsible for a series of bombings the previous year. The attack was related to postwar social unrest, labor struggles, and anti-capitalist agitation in the United States.

People standing in front of 23 Wall Street in the aftermath of the explosion.

The facade of 23 Wall Street still bears the pockmarks from the bomb's shrapnel.

Soldiers and police hold back onlookers following the bombing of Wall Street on September 16, 1920.

A man stands next to the remains of the wagon's horse.

Police and volunteers load the bodies of victims onto stretchers.

Men inspect a building facade damaged by the explosion.

Bystanders walk by the wrecked facade of a cigar store.

New York Mayor John Francis Hylan visits the site of the bombing two days after the explosion, Sept. 18, 1920.

A collection of sash weights which were used as shrapnel for the bomb.

The remains of the wagon which held the bomb.

A police sketch of the suspected driver of the wagon.

(Photos: Library of Congress and Getty Images)



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