Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wild Car Wrecks From the Golden Age of the Automobile

Park those anywhere, guys.

From Visual News: "For the younger generations it might be hard to imagine a time before seat belts, airbags and crumple zones were standard features in cars, but it wasn’t really that long ago. These astounding photos capture the golden age of the automobile around Boston Massachusetts in the 1920s and 1930s, showing the aftermath of car wrecks in the simple yet speedy cars of the era. At the time, cars had become affordable to the masses, but when you consider that people were not required to take a driving test of any sort, and drinking and driving was legal unless you were considered outright intoxicated, it’s not surprising that these wild wrecks happened frequently."

See more here.


  1. Every man is these pictures is wearing a hat. Those were the good ole days.

  2. They still drive like this in Boston.

  3. This post makes me think of my Dad. He restored two antique cars--one a 1927 Chevy and one a 1931 Chevy--during my growing up years. We went to car meets where they would often have flea markets where they sold old car parts. I bet a lot of those old parts came off of cars such as this that had been wrecked. Cool photos and post!

  4. @KT and Easton - yes, and they had the good manners to take them off when appropriate. I miss good manners!

    I don't think people walked away from many of these crashes. Shudder..

    Prairie Girl

  5. They didn't build those old cars for safety, did they. These are some cool pics!

  6. Further proof of the perils of letter writing and driving. Don't do it, kids.

  7. I don't think seat belts or air bags would have done a bit of good in most of those!

  8. Holy hell! @Anonymous-I agree on the chances of survival. As a paramedic student, I look at pics like that and go: "Wow. Check out that mechanism of injury. Ejection highly probable."



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