Bizarre Safety Demonstration Circa 1924

It’s not very clear what’s happening here, but it appears that the men are demonstrating some sort of safety scoop on the front of this car. Nevertheless … bizarre.

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December 17, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Auto safety device demonstration. Inspector Albert Headley." National Photo glass negative.
December 17, 1924. Washington, D.C. “Auto safety device demonstration. Inspector Albert Headley.” National Photo glass negative.

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