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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Tree 1, Car 0

Tree 1, Car 0

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

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Dodge Brothers car

Seems to be a Dodge as per radiator logo


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.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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