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State Police: 1940

State Police: 1940

July 1940. "New Mexico State Police at Fiesta parade." Our second look at the festivities in Old Santa Fe. Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.

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Highway Patrol

I too have been watching Highway Patrol on a retro channel our cable service recently added. Great old TV, California 50+ years ago never mind the cars. This photo could be a still from the show. They play Highway Patrol and then Sea Hunt, another great show. Leonard Nimoy has been in about eight episodes of these two shows playing everything from tough guys to wimps.

OK, here's the story

Dan Mathews (Broderick Crawford) pursued a suspect across state lines, but crashed Unit 21-50 on a sharp curve outside Santa Fe. He is receiving a courtesy ride from a New Mexico State Police counterpart.

[The guy reminded me of Broderick Crawford too. Lately I've been watching a lot of "Highway Patrol" on DVD, which is surprisingly good. - Dave]

What happened to that guy's schnozz?

And why is he riding a state police motorcycle?


Looks like someone stuck his nose in where it didn't belong.

Easy Rider

Does the cop really smell that bad?

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