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Wreck & Weaver's Gainesville Steam Laundry
An automobile accident today quickly brings the EMTs and the ambulance, but that infrastructure wasn't quite in place yet in Gainesville when this photo was taken, around World War I. In the Crusades, the Knights of St. John learned first-aid treatment from Arab and Greek doctors and then acted as the first EMTs, treating soldiers on both sides of the war. The accident in this photograph apparently involved only one vehicle, but we can't be sure, and we don't know if anyone was hurt. Clearly the event was enough to draw a crowd. The location is the north side of West University Avenue at the intersection with Northwest 6th Street. Weaver’s Gainesville Steam Laundry is on the corner, and the billboard advertisement, put up by Blue Poster Adv. Co., reads "STANOCOLA Polarine, The 'Standard' Motor Oil." A curiosity in this view is the early version of the street light; it was suspended on pulleys for easy lowering to replace the bulb.
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