Boston Rubbernecks

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 on “Boston Rubbernecks

    chuk on May 2, 2012 5:51 AM:

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

    tim on May 2, 2012 9:25 AM:

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

    Billy on May 2, 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.

    Ray Hull on May 2, 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.

    Mark Paigen on May 2, 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.

    Andy on May 2, 2012 4:27 PM:

    Next to the gruesome images many gigantic grins.

    Francois on May 2, 2012 7:38 PM:
    Q on May 5, 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.

    Mick on May 6, 2012 9:40 AM:

    Interesting crash comparison of old vs new cars…

    mat on May 7, 2012 5:48 PM:

    classic ‘neckers

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