Old Car Accident Photos from the 1900s to 1940s – Vol 2
Volume 2 of our Old car accidents photos series. These old car accidents show automobiles and trucks after the crash in their wrecked, mangled conditions. Cars in the 1900s to 1940s didn’t have the modern safety conveniences like airbags or even seat belts in many cases. These old car accident photos show the not-so-pretty side of automobiling in the early 1900s.
1946 Indianapolis 500 Crash
Mauri Rose crashing into the North Wall at the 1946 Indianapolis 500. Sparks/fire coming from rear axle. (Loc.gov)
Old Car Accidents: Photo shows a mangled car that has crashed into/through a building – Coca-Cola sign on side – 1940s.
Traffic accident at 14th and Q Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. – ca1920. (Loc.gov)
Automobile accident at Sixth and Walnut streets, Louisville, Kentucky – 1921. (UofL Archives)
Old car accident photo – ca1918-1920. Front wheel has been lost, back wheel damaged. (Loc.gov)
1910 photo of a single car accident from Colebrook, Ohio. Typewritten caption on front of this old automobile accident photo identifies the driver as Camden Rodgers. (OhioMemory.org)
Old Car Accidents – Bootleggers & Prohibition
A couple of bootleggers getting arrested by Capitol Police after their car crashed during a thrilling chase through some of the busiest streets in Washington, D.C. – Prohibition era, ca1920-1930. (Loc.gov)
Photo shows remains of a “borrowed” Stutz Touring Car after crashing into a tree at 70 MPH. The bootlegger driver was killed and 50 gallons of corn liquor was confiscated and destroyed by police – ca1920-1930. (Loc.gov)
Automobile accident on U.S. 40 between Hagerstown and Cumberland, Maryland – 1936. (Loc.gov)
Car versus truck crash in the 300 block of Findlay Street – Perrysburg, Ohio – 1940s. Water towers of Gendron Wheel Factory in the background. (OhioMemory.org)