Vintage Photos Showing The Road Accidents In The 1920s
Road accidents are a nightmare for many countries. The enormous amount of cars on the roads are the source of a huge number of accidents. Despite the safer cars, the number of traffic accidents is still very high.
The end of World War I saw the rise in the economic power of the United States due to their active trade and support of the Allied Nations in the war. The automotive industry skyrocketed during the 1920s. This extravagance was ignited by the introduction of Henry Ford’s Model T. Cars became a major source of freedom, adventure as well as travel and greatly altered the standard of living and social patterns, and differentiated suburban and urban living purposes. But the new industry went hand in hand with road accidents. And since the cars were not safe at the time, the results of the accidents were in most cases fatal.
Between 1917-1956, Leslie Jones, a Boston-Herald Traveler photojournalist, took photos of dozens different road accidents. All of them took place in and around Boston, Massachusetts. After his death in 1967, his photographs were taken to the Boston Public Library. Below you will find some of them taken in the 1920s. The effects of the accidents seen in these pictures leave no illusions – old cars were not safe at all.
Source: Boston Public Library