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Respect My Authoritah: 1954

Respect My Authoritah: 1954

        When you're being booked for Drunk & Disorderly in front of this guy, the blue (?) lights must be awesome to behold.

Oct. 7, 1954. "Police desk, Village Hall, Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. Moore & Hutchins, client." Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

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Bar Method

As I remember from my law enforcement days, the rails were for handcuffing recently arrested suspects awaiting booking. They frequently weren't in a good mood.

City map

Garden City appears to be pretty small, and it looks as though the city limits haven't changed, as evidenced (see what I did there?) by the current map.

Also, having scanned through the Gottscho-Schleisner collection several years ago, it's kind of unusual to see a person in the pictures, at least one so close up.

Step Up to the Bar

And the railing in front of the counter is
A) to help the drunks keep their balance
B) to remind you that the jail has bars everywhere
C) for when the officers hold their ballet practice
D) a symbol that judges have to first pass the bar

Window Unit

I'm pretty sure it's a Norge, as I can very nearly make out the logo above the control panel.

Kilocycle cops

Anyone want to ID the GE base station cabinet behind 'Eric'?

Air Conditioned

Who can name the brand?

The lighting

Most likely green, as back then police had green lights outside the station.

The only thing missing

is a set of bar stools.

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