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Wreck at West University Avenue & 6th Street, Looking North
It was still Model-T Ford days when this early Gainesville automobile turned over on its side and attracted spectators and a photographer. It is unknown today whether anyone was hurt, but an automobile accident was enough of an event to attract a crowd. The date is probably shortly before World War I, possibly a little later, and the location is the north side of West University Avenue at the intersection with Northwest 6th Street. Automobile wrecks were already a grim reality by World War I—more than 36,000 Americans had been killed in auto accidents by the time the U.S. entered the war. The building partly visible at left was Weaver’s Gainesville Steam Laundry and the billboard advertisement, put up by Blue Poster Adv. Co., reads "STANOCOLA Polarine, The 'Standard' Motor Oil."
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