Car Crash, Box 52, 1947


This box of 16 negatives has few subjects. There’s an “Auto Accident” as Joel pencilled it in and “1947”. The expiration date on this box is Jan 1948, so the 1947 pencil mark is in the ballpark.

The car crash looks gnarly, lots of damage and one can only wonder what happened to the driver.

Car Crash, 1947, Stockton, unknown shop.
Car Crash, 1947, Stockton, unknown shop. (Printed)
Car Crash, 1947, Stockton, unknown shop.

And in all this mangled metal, Joel still tries to find an interesting angle.

Car Crash, 1947, Stockton, unknown shop.

Joel managed to light the scene from the opposite side of the camera for this interesting view. It appears to me that these images were taken well after the accident.

Second subject are a few shots of a store on Channel Street. The building is no longer there, but those that know Downtown Stockton will instantly recognize the location. Joel had photographed this building on another occasion at night.

Pahl Harry & Co, Plumbing and Heating and Sheet metal, Channel Street, Stockton, 1947
Pahl Harry & Co, Plumbing and Heating and Sheet metal, Channel Street, Stockton, 1947

The Medico-Dental building is easily recognized in Downtown Stockton. Both images were printed, Harry Pahl would later relocate his business to N Fremont Street.

For those that only started following this blog post series now, Harry Pahl is Joel’s maternal uncle. Harry and his son Werne would run this business together for a very long time.

The next commercial portraits from two unidentified men are well done. There are 4 portraits each in the box, just showing two of each.

Unidentified man with glasses, 1947, Stockton
Unidentified man with glasses, 1947, Stockton
Unidentified man, 1947, Stockton
Unidentified man, 1947, Stockton

Good to see Joel trying both sides of the face out, he tends to favor one direction only in many of the portraits I’ve seen so far.

Last image is a store front display, unknown location at this point in time, but I do expect to find more of these in a different box. Negatives got mixed up a bit.

Lingerie Store Front Window, unknown location, Stockton, 1947

There’s a lot more to look out for in upcoming negative boxes, I do expect to find the continuation of some of these images.

Cheers !


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