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Counter Spy: 1958

Counter Spy: 1958

Chicago circa 1958. "Crime" is all it says on this News Archive photo -- a whodunit whose clues are a boy, a kitchen, a box and some handcuffs. View full size.

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Under lock and key, too

Hey, Mom. Come see what I found!

Count the Silverware

It looks like someone cleaned out the flatware and left all the anti-tarnish papers behind.

But I can't explain the handcuffs. Perhaps Mark Wilson was doing a 'Time for Magic' show at this fellow's birthday party.

True detective

The jig was up see. Billy stumbled onto Mom and Dad's 'toy box'. Billy played the angles, and his allowance just got a boost to keep him quiet.

Rival Ice-O-Matic

First thing I noticed was the Rival Ice-O-Matic in the back corner. Awesome ice cube crushers, and I'm the proud owner of two. Margaritas, anyone?

That box appears to be

A old silver chest? And I think there are 2 sets of handcuffs in the box. Is that popping corn in the glass jar on the counter? Kid's got a serious ring on his hand, too.

Kitchen Patrol: 1957

This shot brings to mind another News Archive photo from Chicago in the same era, www.shorpy.com/node/20138, with a similar handwritten notation on the negative, featuring a sympathetic old gal, which elicited a substantial sheaf of comments.

Dad must be a Secret Agent

Because I found these handcuffs hidden in his dresser drawer.

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