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Wreck at West University Avenue & 6th Street, Looking West
This photograph of a Gainesville autombile accident dates to around World War I-an overturned vehicle is visible on the right. The incident happened on the corner of West University Avenue and Northwest 6th Street, and a crowd has gathered. We do not know if anyone was hurt, but accidents were a reality, then as now. Acceptance of the automobile was not automatic, and people struggled with problems that earlier modes of transportation did not pose. Strange solutions were devised to deal with safety issues-automobiles were banned in some cities, speed limits as low as two and three miles per hour were imposed by a few towns, and in some cities nighttime driving was prohibited. On the left is the Eatmor Baking Company and on the right is Weaver's Gainesville Steam Laundry. The billboard advertisement, put up by Blue Poster Adv. Co., reads "STANOCOLA Polarine, The 'Standard' Motor Oil." The street light was suspended on pulleys for easy lowering to replace the bulb. This view looks west down University Avenue-and helps us understand why the townspeople thought the University of Florida was 'way out of town.
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