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Harbor Patrol: 1960

Harbor Patrol: 1960

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October 2, 1960. Richmond, California. "Harbor Patrol." Rickey Stowell helming a Glasspar Seafair. 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.


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Sam Brown duty belt with issue "dump pouch"

These fine looking officers were wearing the standard issue brand belts for many years. I first bought and was later issued these Sam Brown duty belts with bullet dump boxes. My dump boxes held 6 bullets each which gave me a total of 18 rounds.

I just bet these officers were carrying Model 10 Smith and Wesson Revolvers. Possibly an earlier model, not sure.

Those were the days --

Patched Up

The officer on the left wears a shoulder patch that dates from the 1940s, although some versions had the letter P between the wings. The officer on the right is sporting a patch that features a view of Shimada, Japan, which became Richmond's sister city in October 1961.

TV shows galore

This one reminds me of Harbor Command staring Wendell Corey on TV 1957-58. It was supposed to be the workings of the US Coast Guard but I don't remember Corey in uniform. It was a good show though. Yes, the man on the right does look like the Skipper (Alan Hale, Jr.) in the Gilligan TV show.

["Harbor Command" was a fictional organization created for the TV show of that name. It was basically "Highway Patrol" with boats, but full of location photography in the San Francisco of 1958. -tterrace]

El Toros

Looks like part of the Richmond Yacht Club's fleet of El Toro dinghies in the background.

Adjust the rabbit ears

I remember this TV show. The only character missing in this photo is little Billy's dog Sparky, which was always coming to the rescue in the nick of time.


It was only supposed to be a 3 hour tour.

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