Salvage Yard Row, L. A. , 1930
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So how do we think this operation would have worked?
Regardless, there is a huge amount of organization here.
All those different makes and models. One thing that strikes me is that a LOT of those cars would have been less than ten years old in 1930. When I first obtained my driving licence and started buying old bangers, the normal way to keep them running was by way of scrapyard parts. Parts like radiators, dynamos and window mechanisms were favourite, together with doors and boot lids to replace accident damage, which was fairly frequent.
old car salvage yards | Salvage yard row, L.A., 1930