Friday, May 3, 2013

Car Wreck, 'Mater, the Old Courthouse and a Service Station Sign

From the Don Jackson Collection at the Lincoln, Lawrence, Franklin Library
I like this one for oh, so many reasons -- and it's largely for what's pictured in the background:  the Kees wrecker (affectionately referred to as 'Mater by us fans of the animated movie Cars); the long-gone Courthouse in the background center, and the old Gulf sign.

This photo is likely from 1961 or later, if I am correctly identifying the tail lights of the Chevrolet Bel Air near the Gulf sign.

If anyone out there knows more about this photograph, including the circumstances of the wreck of what appears to be a 1954 Ford, fire away here or on my Facebook page.


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  3. I used to live near the corner of East Chippewa and South First, and I remember hearing wrecks happen on South First. I also remember wrecked cars being towed downtown and hundreds of people coming out to see them, many of those people peering inside for evidence of blood.