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Bent Out of Shape: 1928

Bent Out of Shape: 1928

Wellington, New Zealand, circa 1928. "Car wreck after an accident." One dejected-looking Jewett. Wellington Evening Post glass negative. View full size.

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I'll Be OK

You shoulda seen the other car.

Just have a seat in our waiting area

and we'll let you know when we've got your new tires on. But unless you get that front end aligned properly, the new ones probably won't last any longer. It's up to you.

Bald tires

might have been a contributing factor here. I'll bet the front brakes with the external bands were only marginally effective in extremis.

One Bright Spot

All of that automobile carnage and the headlights are unscathed

My own add-on

"There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little, crooked house."

P.S. He didn't like things straight, he had this curious quirk,
So he bought a crooked car that needed lots of work.

I'm sure the occupants were OK though,

protected by the powerful Jewett dashboard amulet,

the forerunner of safety enhancements like four wheel brakes, seatbelts and airbags.

Check your tire wear regularly

One wonders if that slick right front tire had something to do with the accident. Also looks like a crude soldering repair to the center of the radiator.

I feel your pain.

Hopefully the airbags deployed.

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