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Junkscape: 1941

Junkscape: 1941

August 1941. "Conservation. Scrap iron and steel. An automobile graveyard outside Baltimore. Scrapped cars are collected in such yards in every state. Usable parts are stripped from the chassis and the remainder of the car is sent to scrap iron dealers for processing and shipment to steel mills." Acetate negative by "Danish," Office for Emergency Management. View full size.


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Who says they don't make them like they used to?

I'm looking at all these junk cars from 1941. Most of which appear to be no older than 10 or 15 years. Fast forward to 2020. Most today's junkers (sans those that were totaled) are mostly over 20 years old and I bet they have twice as much mileage on them too.

[The great dividing line is the year 1935, when all-steel bodies began to dominate the market. Most of the cars here have the canvas roof inserts (or holes where they once were) that were used before the advent of the "Turret Top." - Dave]

Current market value

$60 million

Where's Waldo

Not sure what the fellow in the striped shirt is removing but I have been in that position several time in the distant past. You have to bring your own tools to the wrecking yard and then pay about one half for the used part what a new part would cost.

There's Waldo!

Just a little hard to see in B&W.

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