“To invent the train is to invent the rail accident of derailment.”
Paul Virilio, The Original Accident (10)
An incredible collection of 155 photographs of train accidents, derailments, and track crashes occurring in both Michigan and Wisconsin from 1926-1963. These photographs would have been used by insurance companies to determine fault as well as by local police departments; many of the photos give painstaking details about location, weather, and the like. 113 of the photos are approximately 9.5” x 8” silver gelatin black and whites and 5 are larger fold-out panaromas of accident scenes—these are mostly linen backed, the majority of which have typed or handwritten photo identification details affixed to them, with photographer stamps on verso. The additional 37 black and white photographs range from 5” x 7.5” to 9.5” x 8” without identifying information. Also included is a 40” x 16” map, folded, of the train yards in Saginaw, Michigan.
Photographer stamps on verso include Robinson Studio (Grand Rapids, MI), Harry A. Gebhardt (Monroe, MI), Karl B. Marx (Saginaw, MI), Dale Wieck (Saginaw, MI), Manning Bros. (Detroit, MI), Hoard Photo (Traverse City, MI), Ball & Wanek (Flint, MI), Carl H. Herzberg (Toledo, OH), and A.J. Breitwish & Son (Milwaukee, WI). Item #377