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Boston Rubbernecks

May 2nd, 2012 | Categories: History, Philadelphia | by Michael Williams

Times have changed, but people have always loved to gawk at a car crash. The Boston Public Library has hundreds of opportunities to rubberneck wrecks from the 1930s. Some of the most interesting below. Please take note the painful lack of seat belts as displayed on the windshields. Also, check out the work wear on the bystanders. Be safe out there.

Comments: 10

10 Comments to “Boston Rubbernecks”

  1. chuk
    on May 2nd, 2012
    @ 5:51 AM

    It reminds me to “Car crashes and other sad stories” by Taschen.

  2. tim
    on May 2nd, 2012
    @ 9:25 AM

    Wicked awesome. Reminds me of a case I learned in law school called Bernier v. Boston Edison 380 Mass. 372

  3. Billy
    on May 2nd, 2012
    @ 3:06 PM

    Looks like the old autos were kinda prone to tipping over! Not a ton of damage though, at least in comparison to todays wrecks.

  4. Ray Hull
    on May 2nd, 2012
    @ 3:48 PM

    Ah, those were the days when if the cab and load weight didn’t crush you, the steering column impaled you…even at 35 mph.

  5. Mark Paigen
    on May 2nd, 2012
    @ 3:52 PM

    Interesting that when these photos were taken, most men wore hats. Not so true today. Wearing hats these days is much more of a statement.

    Hats can really complete an outfit. One of my favorites is a modified Toque.

  6. Andy
    on May 2nd, 2012
    @ 4:27 PM

    Next to the gruesome images many gigantic grins.

  7. Francois
    on May 2nd, 2012
    @ 7:38 PM

    Here some from the 50′s

    http://photogab.blogspot.ca/2009/03/surrealisme.html

  8. Q
    on May 5th, 2012
    @ 5:52 PM

    The cars seem better built…at least structure wise….not a lot of damage. Of course, speed is the real factor. They drove slower back then, and the cars are all made of metal! No plastic.

  9. Mick
    on May 6th, 2012
    @ 9:40 AM

    Interesting crash comparison of old vs new cars…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joMK1WZjP7g&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  10. mat
    on May 7th, 2012
    @ 5:48 PM

    classic ‘neckers