Vintage Photos of Car Crashes

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You’ll be thanking modern technology after viewing our photo gallery of vintage cars that have been wrecked in auto accidents. The fragile, skeletal frames of early automobiles look like beautifully abstract, crashed masses in these photos (the picturesque backgrounds in some of the images helps), but safety and survival rates are obviously not high with the 1920’s and 1930’s cars. Website io9 shared the images, which hail from the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection. Click past the break to see more, and wonder along with us why everyone seems weirdly happy to pose amongst the accident scenes.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.