Portland, Ore. 1938. 12 diagrams, reproduced from holograph with occasional holograph notations in pencil, along with the manuscript draft of one of the diagrams, paperclipped into a typewritten cover letter, housed in a manila folder titled "Fatality Diagrams" in holograph, along with three traffic control maps of Portland. Very good with some moderate soiling etc.
The cover letter is addressed to F. T. Fowler, a Bridge and Traffic engineer in Portland, and is sent from R. B. Cunningham of the WPA Traffic Survey. The letter states that the diagrams are for the first 11 traffic fatalities of the year. Cunningham goes on to state that the information was gathered from police reports and interviews with witnesses, and have "about 80% factual basis and the remainder is simply imagination on my part as to what conditions were most likely to have prevailed." A valuable and disturbing record of how difficult it was to be a pedestrian at this period in a an American city (and continues to be). The diagrams also have a remarkable abstract beauty heightened by their macabre subject matter and the compiler's understated notes - i. e. "Ped. ran from path of one car into path of second (Had been drinking). Item #21963