TWO LAWMEN POSE FOR THEIR PORTRAIT IN A SMALL TOWN

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This vintage real photo postcard features two lawmen posing in front of a house or office building. Both men are wearing badges which likely indicates they represent some form of law enforcement. An inscription on the reverse of the card identifies the men as Josiah and Joel “Cade”. I am unsure that I deciphered their last name correctly. The men are nephews of the inscriber. Not quite the Earp brothers, but this is a nice portrait of two brothers serving as serving in small town law enforcement. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of this postcard, indicates that the card was produced sometime between 1904 and 1918. The postcard is in good condition (see scans).

 

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PORTRAIT OF 4 DETECTIVES AND A UNIFORMED OFFICER STANDING IN FRONT OF A POLICE STATION (1930’S)

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police 1 This vintage photograph features five policemen posing in front of the entrance to an unknown French city’s police department. Four of the men are dressed in plain clothes. They are likely detectives. A uniformed officer stands behind the plainclothesmen. None of these men are rookies. They look hardened and not the type of men you would want to enrage. Note that three of the men have pens in their pockets. The pens are easy to reach for writing citations. The signs on the wall of the building appear to say “Gardiens” (Police) and “Commissariat” (Department). This photograph appears to have been taken in the 1930’s. The photo measures about 5″ x 7″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF FIVE UNIFORMED POLICE OFFICERS IN SOMERSWORTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE

This vintage photograph features five uniformed police officers posing for their portrait in Somersworth, New Hampshire. These lawmen appear very serious judging by their expressions. Mustaches must have been in vogue considering that only one of the five men is without one. The photographer of this image was Burton Etter. He was born in 1863 in Nova Scotia, Canada. He became a naturalized US citizen in 1881. He married Helen M Mason in 1892. It was his second marriage. His first marriage (1885-1891) ended in divorce. In an 1886 business directory he is listed as an employee in a boot factory. At least by 1892 he was working as a photographer in Dover, New Hampshire. His name appears in Dover directories as a proprietor of a photography studio through 1909. After that time, he moved to San Francisco where he worked as a photographer at least until 1930. He was still alive at the time of the 1940 US census. Photographer guides indicate that Etter had other studios besides the ones in Dover and Somersworth. This is a terrific occupational/police photograph.  (SOLD)

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CHARLES HENRY PARKHURST: CLERGYMAN, SOCIAL REFORMER, CROOKED POLITICIAN’S AND CORRUPT POLICEMAN’S NIGHTMARE (1892)

 

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Charles Henry Parkhurst (1842-1933) is the subject of these Cabinet Card photographs which are published by Newsboy. Photographer Napoleon Sarony has the 1892 copyright for the top photograph. The second photograph is marked “375” and is part of Newsboy’s tobacco premium series. Parkhurst was a clergyman and social reformer. He was a presbyterian minister and from 1874 until 1880, he was a pastor in Lenox, Massachusetts. He then became the pastor for Madison Square Presbyterian Church in New York City (1880-1919). During the year of this photograph, Parkhurst began giving tough sermons attacking the political corruption in the New York City government. This led to the exposure of the corruption in Tammany Hall and subsequent social and political reform. He had a special concern about the problem of prostitution in New York City’s tenderloin section. He hired private detectives to investigate the houses of ill repute and their police protection. Concerning the police, he said “while we fight iniquity they shield or patronize it; while we try to convert criminals, they manufacture them”. He took his concerns and investigative results to court on these matters. He was President of the New York Society for the Prevention of Crime and published numerous magazine articles and books. Parkhurst died tragically; while sleep walking he fell off the second story porch of his home.