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1923 Wreck Redux

1923 Wreck Redux

July 30, 1923. Washington, D.C. A closeup from this morning's post of a wrecked car in the water. View full size. National Photo Co. glass negative.

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This would be a fascinating story. Did the accident just happen? Who is the man in the black suit in the background? I never noticed him at first. These older cars, up through the 50s and early 60s, often didn't sustain much damage--no crumple zones--but the passengers certainly did. Many accidents with what looked like dented bumpers were fatal because the abrupt stop inertia was borne by the passengers.

[And we have the boy, pointing what looks like an accusatory finger. - Dave]

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