Women Wearing Shorts in Public for the First Time Cause Car Accident: Hoax


Picture Suggesting Women Wearing Shorts in Public for the First Time Cause Car Accident
Women Wearing Shorts in Public for the First Time Cause Car Accident

Story: 

Two women, who wear shorts in public for the first time, draw male attention and cause a car accident, 1937

Other Versions

1. Women in shorts cause car to crash into pole

2. Women wearing shorts in public for the first time cause car accident.

Analysis:

A picture shared often online since many years purports to show couple of women wearing shorts in public for the first time has drawn male attention and caused a car crash into a pole. No, the incident seen in the photograph was staged and did not cause any real accident.

Picture Fonds from Toronto Archives
Picture Fonds from Toronto Archives
Picture Fonds from Toronto Archives
Picture Fonds from Toronto Archives

The black and white picture shows two women dressed white in shorts walking beside a street as few men keep gazing at them and a black car on road that seems to have hit a pole. A close look at the picture reveals, the car does not have any kind of dent and did not hit the pole. It is actually a staged picture taken by Toronto-based commercial photography firm, Alexandra Studios (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1257 Series 1057 Item 4766). The photo session of Alexandra Studios in fact dates back to 1937, the women seen are most certainly models and they did not cause any accident. It was perhaps taken as a snapshot of city life.

Picture Fonds from Toronto Archives
Picture Fonds from Toronto Archives
Picture Fonds from Toronto Archives
Picture Fonds from Toronto Archives

So the claim that the women in shorts seen in the picture caused a car to crash into a pole is a hoax.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.

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