Vintage Photos of Auto Accidents

EDW Lynch posted Vintage Photos of Auto Accidents in Boston (1920s-1950s) from the Boston Public Library’s collection today at Laughing Squid. That collection has nearly 1,000 auto accident photographs.

The  Minneapolis Photo Collection is much smaller. There are only 107 photos with a subject heading of Traffic accident.  I’ve driven through all of these intersections on my way to work. (It’s about a 3 mile drive and my exact route varies based on construction, weather, emergency vehicles, other drivers, etc)

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT INVOLVING A STREETCAR AND A FIRE ENGINE
Fire engine has been overturned. Front of the streetcar has been torn off.
(many  photos of injured firemen and streetcar passengers are also in the collection)

Address: 35th St at Bryant Ave S Mpls MN
Photographer: Seubert 
Source: Minneapolis Times 1/28/48 
Distance: .7 miles
REMOVING A BODY FROM THE SCENE OF A FATAL CAR ACCIDENT
Grimmer was blinded by the sun, hit Wells who was thrown from the car and killed. Wagon from the city morgue at left.
Address: Blaisdell Ave S at 31st St Mpls MN
Source: Minneapolis Journal 8/13/38
Distance: .6 miles

PEOPLE AT THE SCENE OF A FATAL CAR ACCIDENT AT 34TH STREET AND EMERSON AVENUE SOUTH
Victim is not identified.
Address: 34th St at Emerson Ave S Mpls MN
Source: Minneapolis Times 7/4/46 
Distance: 1.0 mile
TWO CAR ACCIDENT AT STEVENS AVENUE AND 31ST STREET
Address: Stevens Ave at 31st St E Mpls MN
Source: Minneapolis Tribune 2/26/46 
Distance: .6 miles

I’ve been working at a different location the last 3 days and drive through this intersection.
TWO CARS AFTER THEIR COLLISION CALHOUN BOULEVARD AT RICHFIELD ROAD
Two drivers were slightly injured.
Address: Calhoun Blvd at Richfield Rd Mpls MN
Source: Minneapolis Times 10/28/48 
I don’t think I’ve mentioned here before that a number of years ago I volunteered at the Minneapolis Photo collection.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. After organizing old newspaper clippings for about 1/2 hour I’d start sneezing and have to go home.

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