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Wreck on the Highway: 1936

Wreck on the Highway: 1936

November 1936. "Automobile accident on U.S. 40 between Hagerstown and Cumberland, Maryland." Crash Reconstruction, Part 2. Medium-format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


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Two '36 Fords gone in a second

Too bad about these 1930s beauties, considered some of Ford's best of that era. The coupe's wipers were probably flipped up when the windshield opened all the way, either upon impact or rescue. Note the use of safety glass in the side windows of the sedan. Ford had used safety glass in its windshields since at least 1929.

Crossing the T

The perfect Naval maneuver is to pass directly in front of the bow of the enemy ship, making a "T". Alas with a car it works far worse as the photo shows -- a T-Bone collision.

Re: Look out for the other guy

This is not a five-window coupe but a two-door sedan, with the differences obvious in the photos below. Note the apparently injured (or grieving) woman holding a white cloth to her face.

My dad had a '35 Ford two-door sedan and years later I had a '33 three-window Ford coupe, although his was stock and mine was a mild street rod.


The upside down vehicle to the left appears to be a trailer


It would appear from this photo and the one before it that one of these two went left of center. Fortunately, it wasn't a direct head-on collision or there would likely be some white sheets on the ground. The perplexing thing is the auto that's upside down in the far left of this picture. I would guess that whoever was in that car got the worst of it as far as injuries go.

Look out for the other guy

Wow, now we what the other Ford ran into. It looks to be another '36 Ford five-window. But what is it that's upside down in the left-hand side of the picture? Waiting for Part Three now.

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