We usually feature photos of automobiles in the prime of their life, but today’s coverage contains 100s of vehicles about to set off the death knell marked not by a bell, but the sound of torture.
This set of images dated 1972 by the source contain a two different “Pollution Solver” automobile shredders photographed for the Carolina Power and Light Company in Raleigh, North Carolina. Due to the anti-pollution movement gaining ground in this period it appears likely these are promotional shots taken for use by the Company.
The machines appear to be powered by electric motors and visible in the background of the two different installations pictured here are large-sized electrical transformers feeding these units. No other details of the construction of the shredders are known at this time other than what is visible in the photos.
Visible in the expandable version of the lead photo below is at least five or six of the workers necessary to operate one of these beasts. In addition, there are the operators of two cranes, one used to pick up the cars, and the second used to load the processed scrap into train cars where yet another worker guides the second crane operator.
Share with us what you find of interest in these photographs courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina.