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A Turn for the Worse: 1921

A Turn for the Worse: 1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Auto wreck." View full size. National Photo Co.

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Watery grave

The car dates from 1919-1921. It has demountable rim wheels, and a generator on the engine (post 1919). the upholstery tack strip is on the outside of the body (pre 1922). I think light color on the radiator is not brass, but a reflection off the paint, like on the fender. Or the radiator shell could have been plated on this car.

Watery T

A Model T touring car from the name on the running board. Since the radiator is brass, probably 1916 or earlier. Has electric lamps, probably from 1914 or 15.

Over and under

Not only did it end up off the bridge, but under it. Now that is skill!

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