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Paul Mayer shows off his prized eBay find, pictures from the 1899 cyclone damage. He plans to donate the pictures to the New Richmond Heritage Center.

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When Paul Mayer received an early morning e-mail a few weeks back, his eyes opened wide.

He'd just hit pay dirt. Fourteen large-format pictures of damage from New Richmond's cyclone in 1899 were up for sale and he was a willing buyer.

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"Someone from Indiana or Ohio were selling them," Mayer said. "How they got them, who knows."

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