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Hello Lamppost: 1926

Hello Lamppost: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Auto accident." With no shortage of witnesses. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Accidentes de tráfico

Now climbing the charts at

Front End

Hey, is that an indepentdent double wishbone suspension with anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control?


the lamppost ran out and jumped on him?

The air bag didn't deploy

Durant is in big trouble now!

High mileage

That certainly was a well worn tire that was knocked off the car. Maybe a blowout was the cause of the accident in the first place.


A good accident never fails to draw the attention of surrounding people. It is so interesting that boys would rather watch than play baseball!

That tire on the ground

is pretty thin!

Celebrity Watch

Isn't that George Costanza standing next to the cop on the extreme left of the picture?

The good old days

There was less government encroachment on personal liberty in the "good old days." That driver will be able to feel the effects of the accident for some time to come: he may even have scars or bruises to show family and friends. Today, however, the government requires us to wear seat belts: what a bummer.

[And our insurance premiums help pay for the liberty of you who choose not to. - Dave]

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

The missing running board and dented passenger door seem to indicate that a side impact threw this Durant into the lamppost. Some other car apparently came kicking down the cobble stones.

How appropriate a headline, too, as my wife and I just saw Simon and Garfunkel at Jazz Fest in New Orleans this past weekend.

Whatcha knowin'?

He may have even kicked down a few cobblestones.

Hello Lamppost:

... feelin' not so groovy!

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