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Firefighters, bystanders, and firefighting equipment on ruins of Devonshire St., Boston, Mass., after the Great Boston Fire, 1872. Photograph by James Wallace Black. This photograph shows firemen on Devonshire Street standing around steamer no. 10, "the Cataract," with rubble and smoking buildings in the background. The intact Post Office, which was constructed using fireproof materials, can be seen in the background.