Vintage Car Accidents from the 1900s-1940s – Vol 3
Volume 3 of our old car accidents photos series. These vintage 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.
1920s car accident on dirt race track with a man flying from the car. Not sure if having a seat belt would have been better or worse in this situation. It could have prevented him from being thrown from the car, but he still may have been crushed. (Public domain.)
Vintage Car Accidents: Officers and inspectors examine a car that crashed into and around a tree after being hit by a firetruck. (Note fire engine in background.) Boston, Massachusetts – December 1933. (Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library)
Another angle of the above accident where a firetruck crashed into a car, shoving it into a tree. Three people were killed in this vintage car accident. Somerville, Massachusetts – December 1933. (Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library)
Motorcycle crashed into the side of a car – 1940s. (Loc.gov)
One killed, several injured in an automobile versus truck crash – Cambridge, Massachusetts – June 1931. (Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library)
A crowd gathers around a mangled and burnt automobile wreck for photographer Leslie Jones – Boston 1933. (Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library)
Obviously this isn’t a car accident, but it’s a cool piece of vintage car history, so we’re adding it to the list. This photo is of one of the very first traffic radars. Built in 1947 for the Connecticut State Police, these early speed detectors were bulky, heavy systems made with vacuum-tube technology. These first traffic radars transmitted at 2.455 GHz in the S band (2-4 GHz).
Ralph Fons being thrown from his car during a crash with Curtis “Cyclone” Ross at Hammond Raceway on June 4, 1939. The accident occurred during a 10-lap consolation race and both drivers survived the crash. (Wayne Adams Collection via kalracing.com)
This 1934 vintage car accidents photograph shows a truck clinging to the top of a bridge in Dorchester, Massachusetts by just one wheel. Workers from the Walter Baker & Co chocolate factory rushed out of the building in the background to watch the spectacle unfold. (Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library)
Another angle of the above truck that has crashed through bridge railing and is hanging on by only one wheel. (Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library)
Vintage Car Accidents: Bus accident on an icy road in Norwood, New York – 1934. (Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library)
Vintage Car Accidents – Car crashed into a trolley – Washington, DC – ca1918-1920. (Loc.gov)
Police on the scene of a 1940s car crash. (Loc.gov)
This old car crash photograph shows a crowd gathered near the mangled, twisted wreckage of an automobile that smashed into a buggy. Bay City, Michigan – 1913. (Loc.gov)