Friday, February 20, 2009

Police Woman

Today we continue our retrospective study of Women Packing Heat. This picture is from the 1920's and shows a police woman with a Billy Club and packing a pistol.

I appreciate all the commentary that has been coming in lately on the picture posts. I notice a lot more of them coming in during the work day. You all are not out there looking at the Old Picture blog when you are supposed to be working are you? OK, I won't tell if you don't.

15 comments:

  1. I goof off at work during lunch, when I'm supposed to do that.

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  2. Your site is one of the bright spots in my workday. When you sit at a desk all day, sometimes you need a diversion.

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  3. I love this picture! I have no idea how she chased bad guys in a skirt but you know, maybe they didnt run as fast then or something!! She looks very tough!!

    Your site is the highlight of my day too! And I work at night!

    Mom

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  4. I don't think I'd want to mess with her...she looks pretty tough. She is probably such a good shot she doesn't have to run in that skirt!

    I HAVE to check your site several times a day - I'm addicted, what else can I say?

    (I'm counting the hours until Saturday's Mystery Photo.)

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  5. Could this be Marie Dressler in a Keyston Kops movie?

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  6. I'm old and retired so I can look anytime the notion strikes me. I, too, have begun looking several times a day.

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  7. I, too, enjoy the pictures - but not at work... Too many other things to do.

    About the picture: She's probably on a roof of some sort, but I wonder where is the holster for the pistol? I'm not up on police fashions in the 1920's, but I think they had belts and straps, etc. Just curious...

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  8. I just found this blog and really enjoy it! Thanks!

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  9. It's hard to say from the picture but that handgun sure resembles the venerable Colt Police Positive most likely in .38 Special. I've two of 'em, one from the 40s and another manf'd in 1964 and both are fine examples of the art of gunmaking.

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  10. Even in pictures of male officers you will seldom see a holster in the early part of the century, usually hidden under the coat or carried "chicago style" in the pocket. I have seen this pic before and would vote for it being a movie picture but she sure has the look.

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  11. Sorry I dont post during working hours. too much to do at work to be able to spare time for something else. But at home it is another world.

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  12. Wow, she looks tough!!!

    I don't know HOW she could possibly chase anyone in that short skirt. I didn't even know they HAD police women in the 1920s.

    I would think they would have been assigned to desk duty.

    If you notice, her hair is done!!!

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  13. That previous post was me. Also, I wonder if that if that picture was posed, and she's not really a policewoman?

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  14. Staged photograph from 1909 by suffragettes.

    Cropped out of the picture is the notation "Woman Policeman (Ideal - Not Actual)".

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