A friend sent me an email with photos of some 1930's car crashes. The pictures were taken in and around Boston, Massachusetts by Leslie Jones, who was staff photographer at the Boston-Herald Traveler newspaper from 1917 to 1956.
Mr. Jones captured everything that happened in the city for five decades. When he died in 1967, his family donated a vast collection of 34,000 prints to the Boston Public Library.
They included these fascinating photos of vintage car wrecks from the great motoring boom.
There are too many photos to share all of them here, but there is a website at
which has about 7,000 of his photos.
Here are a couple which show Model T's:
Love photo's of old car wrecks.
Plus that's what I fix every day!
I did not go through all the photos but if you go to the very end there are photos of the USS Constitution being restored.
Love that large format photography!
Pretty flimsy pole in the third pic. Not much damage to the car. Maybe a few cars have hit that pole.
Could be that in the days before any type of wood preserver was used only took a nudge to bring it down as it was completely rotted on the inside.
Ya but that tree in the second picture was ready for the next round.
Most of that damage looks worse than it is. A little Mothers polish and a flitz and that should buff right out.
I've come across some bad wrecks of Ford Six (Model K) cars. The horsepower, bad roads and drinking often contributed. The worst:
Notice a story of the Lusitania is beside this one.