The mass of bottles were found in the aftermath of the Great Fire of Chicago, 1871.
These bottles were one of the many everyday items found after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Beginning the night of October 8th, the fire destroyed three and a half square miles of city and the residences of a third of the city's inhabitants as it burned for 36 hours. At its most intense, it was hot enough to melt glass, as these bottles demonstrate. After the fire ended, work crews and ordinary residents found and saved items like this as reminders of the fire's destructive force.