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Do Not Pass GO: 1922

Do Not Pass GO: 1922

        UPDATE: "Traffic court -- George H. Scriven, Otto G. Hauschild." A tighter shot of this scene, also captured by National Photo Co.

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Automobile accident recreation with miniature cars." Go Directly to Jail! Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.


Red Cross

Luckily, first aid was on the scene immediately because this accident took place at Red Cross.

Come on Shorpy fans --

Name the intersection and submit a Google streetview!

Slighted? Me?

Nobody recreated the accident I had many decades ago when I drove an uncle's Hudson Hornet into the side of Aunt Millie's barn as a lad. I don't see the tiny empty beer bottles either.

Reminds Me Of...

The episode of the Andy Griffith Show where Barney tries with a notable lack of success to teach Otis the rules of the road with toy cars on the courthouse floor.

Tootsie Toy Village

I have a few of those miniature die-cast cars. They are early Tootsie Toys and were made using a Linotype machine. Tootsie (which was a common girl's nickname in the era) made an assortment of small white metal play items for both boys and girls. Those included dollhouse furniture and doll accessories. The candlestick traffic lights are also probably Tootsie doll items. The two larger cars in the intersection appear to be Tootsie's 1915 Model T Ford.

"Not for children under the age of 3"

What a great image! Waiting to see if some Shorpy viewer will identify the makers of these vehicles.

Alternate Route

"Colonel Mustard ran into Professor Plum in the intersection with a Buick!"

Cause of accident

The giant hand with the pencil.

Soggy When Wet

Well, I think if we made the streets out of something other than cardboard we could have fewer accidents.

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