Great historical disasters in papercraft form

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17 Responses to “Great historical disasters in papercraft form”

  1. Stefan Jones says:

    The same site has papercraft Dr. Horrible figures. Dr. Horrible (red and white), Penny,  and Captain Hammer.

  2. Tarliman says:

    The Boston Molasses Flood is one of my favorite weird history events. So very glad to see it included here.

  3. mattdidthat says:

    Just so everyone’s clear, the story about Mrs. O’Leary and her cow starting the Chicago fire is a fabrication. The reporter who wrote the story later admitted he made it up, and the exact cause of the fire has never been conclusively determined.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Well, duh.

    • Brainspore says:

      …the exact cause of the fire has never been conclusively determined.

      So you’re saying we can’t rule out the cow? Good enough!

    • chgoliz says:

      Although there is a working theory offered by the docents at the Chicago History Museum which seems convincing: a known ne’er-do-well who hung out in the area, sleeping off his drinking binges wherever he could find shelter.  He had been caught in the O’Leary barn a couple of times before.

    • Ito Kagehisa says:

      That can’t be true, because it’s in the song.

      Three nights ago
      when we were all in bed
      Old Lady Leary left a lantern in the shed
      and when the cow kicked it over
      she winked her eye and said
      “There’ll be a hot time
      in the old town
      to-ni-i-i-ight!”

    • Nagurski says:

       It’s very upsetting that tall, skyscraperish buildings are depicted in the model as well. Those didn’t come along until the Home Insurance Building started the trend in 1884. A whole generation of children will toil in ignorance because of this silly papercraft project.

  4. Aleknevicus says:

    I made the Hindenburg diorama a few years ago. (Although satisfying, it’s more work than it appears.) I admired it for a week or so but did not want to keep it forever. So I burned it. It was spectacular! 

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I sacrificed a three-foot long Pharaonic funeral procession some years back after drinking a bottle of Akvavit.

    • Simeon says:

      I did something similar with a tissue paper hot air balloon I had made, it wasn’t going to fly as well as I had hoped and so I ‘accidentally’ caught it with the burner. Woomph! My own private Hindenburg.

  5. devophill says:

    I want a papercraft Dealey Plaza!

  6. Brainspore says:

    Thank you for not posting this yesterday.

  7. septimar says:

    I hope you realize that the popular story how Mrs. Catherine O’Leary’s cow started the Great Chicago Fire is fiction and the product of anti-Irish bigotry which ruined the life of a woman.

    Edit: I could swear matt’s comment wasn’t here when I started typing. Oh well.

    • Brainspore says:

      …the popular story how Mrs. Catherine O’Leary’s cow started the Great Chicago Fire is fiction and the product of anti-Irish bigotry which ruined the life of a woman.

      I bet the cow never lived it down either.

  8. ffij says:

    I don’t think the cow in question was Holstein.  Jersey, maybe.  Holstein, no.  We can argue about the fire later, but first please fix the color on that cow!

  9. chgoliz says:

    Seems like there should be a BB commenters meet-up at the site of the barn, which is now the Chicago Firefighter Training Academy.

    I love taking tourists by the place.  The back side of the building looks like it’s been damaged by multiple fires…which, of course, it has.

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