The caption for the original Leslie Jones photo from Jan. 29, 1937 reads:
Auto driven by Richard Kent turns over at Newbury and Berkeley.
One of the things you notice as you browse the 900+ photos in the BPL's collection of Leslie Jones auto-accident photos is how many of them have these large crowds of people right on top of the wrecked cars. In this photo, take a look at the grinning guy in glasses on the extreme right. Jones took a photo of the car from the other side, and the guy followed the camera, and he's still grinning.
And one of the things I'm finding fascinating about the then and now photos is how many little things remain unchanged over the decades. Sure, you expect grand old historic buildings to go unchanged, but you just don't expect fire escapes, storm sewers, stair railings and, in this case, a fire-alarm box, to be the same ones that were there in the 1930s. It's hard to tell in the photo I used, but it's kind of cool that the same round alarm box somebody might have pulled in 1937 is still there (you can see it more clearly in the other Jones photo):
Photo from the BPL Leslie Jones collection used under this Creative Commons license.
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