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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Tree 1, Car 0

Tree 1, Car 0

Washington, D.C. "Auto Wreck, 1925." View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Dodge Brothers car

Seems to be a Dodge as per radiator logo

See: http://www.flickr.com/photos/40726390@N00/54864616/

And the driver . . .

The driver of this lovely vehicle (great brass running lamp!) may have fared worse than the car's front end. He (or she) evidently "kissed the windshield," in current sardonic E-R parlance and that windscreen glass is ordinary plate, not the safety glass required by law for the past 60 or so years. The steering wheel and column were absolutely rigid, so if the driver hit the wheel first and went over the top, this may well have been a serious accident.

Ouch, not safety glass !

Looks like someone hit the windshield, and safety glass had not been invented yet. That had to hurt. The frame rails are bent badly, so this car hit the tree hard.

 
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