An automobile lies mangled beneath a Los Angeles Railway streetcar in Leimert Park on November 27, 1929.
According to a Los Angeles Times report, the streetcar was traveling 25 miles per hour down Leimert Blvd. when the automobile drove directly across the tracks. The automobile’s driver, George Conley, died instantly, but the trolley dragged the much lighter vehicle nearly 90 feet before coming to a complete stop. Conley, the Times reported, had previously portrayed Abraham Lincoln on film.
This is one of more than 30,000 photos from our “Dick” Whittington Collection that we’ve recently digitized with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

An automobile lies mangled beneath a Los Angeles Railway streetcar in Leimert Park on November 27, 1929.

According to a Los Angeles Times report, the streetcar was traveling 25 miles per hour down Leimert Blvd. when the automobile drove directly across the tracks. The automobile’s driver, George Conley, died instantly, but the trolley dragged the much lighter vehicle nearly 90 feet before coming to a complete stop. Conley, the Times reported, had previously portrayed Abraham Lincoln on film.

This is one of more than 30,000 photos from our “Dick” Whittington Collection that we’ve recently digitized with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.