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Day In The Country

1913: Motor cars were unwelcome arrivals in the countryside. They hurtled noisily along narrow roads, stirred up clouds of dust, frightened horses, flattened chickens. Angry peasants sometimes scattered nails and broken glass on the roads, or pelted cars with stones, or blocked their way with ropes or barricades.

On the evening of 2 March, the Plunz family were returning to Berlin in their open-top car at the end of a day in the country. Rounding a bend in the road, they drove into a wire cable stretched at head height between two trees. The cable almost severed Herr Plunz’s neck and broke his spine. His wife was tossed from the car and her skull fractured. Both died instantly. One daughter was badly cut in the mouth; the other daughter saw the cable just in time and ducked to avoid it.

Source: Uwe Fraunholz, Motorphobia: Anti-automobiler Protest in Kaiserreich und Weimarer Republik (2002), pp. 128–9

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