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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Tangled T: 1924

Tangled T: 1924

Exhibit B in the Case of the Battered Buick is this twisted Model T. The second in a series of 1924 photos captioned "Max Wiehle." Max, son of the founder of the long-defunct Fairfax County, Va., hamlet of Wiehle Station, was a Washington, D.C., businessman who owned Potomac Sales, a car dealership. View full size.

 

Modern Vernacular

In todays parlance I believe one may say that this car has "Cr-pped the bed".

Re: "Maryland Drivers."

I am from the Old Line State and I take offense. I gotta make this short. I'm texting from my car and there's an officer behind me.

Owch

Long before seatbelts, I imagine.

Maybe add a sofa

I wonder if young Max kept defunct refrigerators in his yard too.

Wiehle Station

Wiehle Station probably was very near the modern intersection of Wiehle Road and the W&OD Trail. It was located convenient to the rail line, and was subsumed into modern Reston. I suspect that that's the family's summer home (nucleus of the community) in the background.

[The location of this photo has nothing to do with good ol' Wiehle Station. This is most likely the District of Columbia or Maryland. - Dave]

Wiehle Station

Wiehle Station was located roughly where Sunset Hills in Reston, VA is located today. See the attached 1915 USGS map for the exact location.

The HOA's going to hear about this!

I'll bet the neighbors weren't happy about seeing wrecked cars parked on that vacant lot.

Buff it out

Now here we have a classic "fixer-upper"!

Maryland drivers

For those who don't live in the DC metro area, the joy of motoring amongst Maryland drivers has few parallels outside a dentist's chair. It's a mystery to those of us in Virginia, but the state of Maryland seems to require a mastery of ineptitude in its drivers.

Fender Bender

My grandfather once told me,"When there were only two cars in the entire state of Kansas, they ran into each other."

Spicoli Says

My old man is a television repairman, he's got this ultimate set of tools. I can fix it.

The Original "Airbag"

Steering wheel, meet chest.

Ouch!

Gee, he's from where I live now

I don't know exactly where Wiehle Station was, but we live very near the intersection of Wiehle Road and the old Washington & Old Dominion Rail Trail. Nothing in the photo looks particularly familiar, unfortunately.

[Wiehle Station was long gone when this picture was made. - Dave]

 
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