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Left and Right: 1922

Left and Right: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Auto accident." View full size. National Photo Co.

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Double registration?

I just noticed, this car had Maryland and DC license plates, both from 1922. Does it mean it was possible to register your car in two states back then?

Why the two license plates

for both Maryland and the District of Columbia?

[Because you had to have a plate for each jurisdiction the car was driven in. - Dave]

An Accident?

Was it really an accident? (I love the understatement of that title/description, by the way.) Somehow, it looks as though the car simply gave up, albeit in a less spectacular fashion, in the same way that the Dodge Monaco gave up at the end of the Blues Brothers movie.

"Our lady of blessed acceleration, don't fail me now!"

[As we can see, it drove halfway up onto the streetcar platform. - Dave]


You're right, Anonymous Tipster! It doesn't take a lot of imagination to see a dejected human in this car...this looks like me after Summer School registration today!

Another Fine Mess

This real-life shot reminds me of several Laurel and Hardy short comedies in which Tin Lizzies met similar fates. This poor "T" has an almost human helplessness in this photo.

Wheel Alignment

and here we see excess toe out and negative camber


Transverse leaf spring front suspension! Talk about ancient.


Wow, the original "Found On Road Dead" Ford!

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