[Twenty-one C.1940 Police Photographs Documenting Automobile Accidents in New York State].
An unusual record of pre-Second World War road accidents before the era of wide-spread improved highway safety
Archive of 21 loose photographs showing highway automobile accidents in Westchester County, New York as documented by New York State Troopers out of Troop K in Hawthorne. At least six, possibly eight, horrific crashes are shown, four of which involved large trucks (including a passenger bus) and one apparently showing a car hit by a train.
These police photographs show the crash sites up close from various angles plus there are wider images of the accident scene giving more perspective or showing the debris field. Most of the photographs depict state troopers, accident investigators, white-clad ambulance attendants, and/or various onlookers.
No crash victims are shown, but the severity of the crashes as depicted leaves little to the imagination. Indeed, these particular crashes may have been so documented because they involved fatalities.
Here one sees a head-on crash between a car and a large milk truck; front axles and steering wheels completely dislodged; car roofs torn away; an obliterated car resting in isolation at a rural railroad crossing; and grave-faced police troopers and investigators staring at battered passenger cars.
An unusual record of pre-Second World War road accidents before the era of wide-spread improved highway safety and safer car and truck designs.
Description: [Twenty-one C.1940 Police Photographs Documenting Automobile Accidents in New York State].
[Hawthorne (Westchester County), New York, c.1940]. Twenty-one gelatin silver process photographs. Approx. 8 x 10 inches. Various paper stocks; three with rubber stamp backmarks of the “Criminal Identification Bureau, Troop K., N.Y. State Troopers, Hawthorne, N.Y.” Brief pencil codes or marks on versos. Very good to near fine.