Looks like there is someone directly behind the man with the wheel. That person appears to be in the process of falling on his backside!
Great moment from the past
You can see the strain in the roof covering when everything is twisted to the right..
Lots of questions there.. Why did the wheel fall off, did someone forget to install the lock nut on the outside of the outer bearing? The spindle didn't fail, and noone would change the wheel without a jack.. Hard to get a jack in under there as it sat..
Would love to see more of the speedster to the left
It's a TT. I wonder what happened. From the look of it the nut came loose, but maybe something else?
Way off topic but, what the heck kind of hat is that guy wearing???
Clearly the man flailing about on the ground was hit by the lumber hanging
out the side of the truck. The driver, clearly with deliveries to make, is remaining
focused on getting the repair made before attending to the flailing man.
Afterall, no one is getting a ride to seek medical attention until that wheel
is back under the truck !
Might be a still or a frame from a motion picture. Might be Billy Gilbert with the wheel.
Even though the speedster plate and truck plate are different styles, they are 1923 California plates.
Update to my previous post.
1923 is too early for Billy Gilbert to be in a film.
Note that the truck has the high (1924) radiator and hood.
Based on the camera angle and the "staged" nature of this situation, I sense "Hollywood" may have been involved.
no marks on the ground from the front axle
And no damage to the front fender, which may or may not happen depending on just how the wheel departed the vehicle!
It looks like Laurel and Hardy gag I don't know where they were sitting because the lumber is across the seat.
Nice looking speedster? in the background. Whippet radiator shell? Chopped windshield
The movie is "The Mechanic" released in 1924
According to comments on the IMDB, a complete copy of the film has not survived.
However, you can see some of it on Youtube. The action in the photo above is shown approx. one minute in.
Definitely not a Whippet shell.