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A Look Back At The Great Hurricane of 1938 [VIDEO]

3rd October 1938: A couple sitting amongst the remains of their home at Highland Park, Rhode Island, USA, after a 100-mile-an-hour swept the Atlantic coast of North America. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Like most of us, I too am concerned about Hurricane Sandy, and the devastation going on in the Northeast. I always sleep with the radio on, and as I drifted in and out of sleep last night, I marveled at today’s technology, for the information I was receiving was up to the second.

As I listened, I wondered to myself how people who came before me, and had friends and family in a devastated area, received their news? With no cell phones, television, or internet, they had no way of instant communication. I would imagine they relied heavily on radio back then, but information was sparse, as announcers would do “updates” infrequently during regularly scheduled programs, and brief news at the top of the hour. Of course folks had the newspapers, however that information was dated, as well as newsreels which was basically a recap of the events that already happened.

Newsreels can be  a definite source of history however. I found one on the Great Hurricane of 1938 that hit the east coast.  I thought it might be interesting for us to take a look back and compare in our minds eye, what went on then, with whats happening now.

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