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Accident in Milwaukee

Description: On-lookers observe an accident in downtown Milwaukee, of the Hamman's Express Line, piano and furniture mover.

Wedding Day Car Problems

Date: June 08 1963
Description: Bride and groom wait in the open convertible that is their transportation to their reception while a mechanic works under the hood.

AAA Display Window

Date: March 28 1939
Description: American Automobile Association display window showing Wisconsin travel brochures and pictures of tourist destinations around the state.

AAA Tow Truck

Date: February 17 1937
Description: Benjamin Knotts and a representative of Schultz Tire and Battery Service, with a Schultz tow truck parked in front of the office of the Wisconsin Division...

Damaged Greyhound Bus

Date: March 20 1934
Description: Damaged Northland Greyhound bus No. 695, left front view, in garage at 102 South Brearly Street.

Racetrack Mishap

Date: 1935
Description: A 1930's coupe sponsored by the Enterprise Transfer Co. stalls out on the racetrack after being disabled by an apparent collision. A crowd of onlookers sta...

Auto Breakdown at the State Fairgrounds

Date: October 1912
Description: A race car driver wearing a "Buick shirt" watches as his crew works on his vehicle. In the background, another car is passing the grandstand.

Changing a Tire

Date: 1923
Description: Tire blowouts were a frequent hazard of early automobile travel.

Highway Patrolman's Day

Date: 1961
Description: Photograph taken through the broken windshield of a Wisconsin State highway patrol car. The patrolmen are at the scene of an automobile accident somewhere...

Baraboo Auto Body Company Advertisement

Date: 1925
Description: Advertising blotter for the Baraboo Auto Body Co.

Tall-tale Postcard: We Stopped Here

Date: 1915
Description: Photomontage of a group of travellers in a car colliding with a steamroller. The travellers have been thrown out of their car and into the air. The words...

Tall-tale Postcard: Homeward Bound

Date: 1915
Description: Photomontage of a giant dog pulling an automobile across a landscape. The dog is running, causing the car, which is tethered to the dog's tail by a rope,...

University of Wisconsin-Madison Students near Campus

Date: May 09 1947
Description: University of Wisconsin-Madison students along State Street near The University Coop bookstore at Lake Street.

Sennett and Winslow Capture

Date: November 17 1947
Description: Buford Sennett, confessed murderer, soon after his capture at the Pomputis farm, sitting between a police officer and the driver of the car.

Farmer Filling Water Tank(?)

Date: August 05 1927
Description: A farmer fills what appears to be a large water tank on a farm using a stationary engine.

Flooded Park Street

Date: July 20 1948
Description: Flooded South Park Street underpass, with car stalled in three feet of water. A train is on the railroad bridge above. A young boy and girl wearing bathing...

Vanderbilt Cup Race

Date: October 02 1912
Description: Race cars on a country road, with car #29 off the road and missing its driver. The #27 car is just about to pass, with a dust trail behind it. Spectators...


Date: 1892
Description: Group of men staging an accident. Two men stand nearby watching as three other men pose on the wheels of an overturned vehicle.

Crushed Car on Street

Description: Crowd of men gathered around a car sitting near the curb. The back of the car appears almost crushed while portions of the front remain relatively intact.

Fixing a Flat Tire on a Ford Car

Description: A man fixes a flat tire on an early model Ford automobile. Another man stands to the side of the road, and a woman wearing a hat with a large ribbon waits...

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