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Safety Patrol: 1956

Safety Patrol: 1956

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1956. "Police cars at Muscogee County Jail." Let's be careful out there! 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.


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I wonder if they

Spread out their car purchases to every dealership in town? That would explain the mix of makes with all being new '56s.

[That's a 1955 Ford. - Dave]

Columbus police were busy back then

The mob was entrenched in Phenix City Alabama back in the '40s and '50s. Phenix City was just across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, the home of Fort Benning, which was busy during WWII and the Korean War. Gambling and prostitution and liquor were freely practiced there. So people coming across the river after "celebrating" their passes from the base were a real challenge. One of the houses actually had a neon sign "Ma Beechies" advertising its location!!!


The asymmetry annoys me.

Small town, not much to do in the evenin'

What we have here is a failure to communicate!

Columbus Stockade Blues

This building still stands, but is now known as the "old jail". The newer version can be seen behind it. This block of town has contained a jail long enough to have served as the inspiration for the "Columbus Stockade Blues", written in the 1920s by Tom Darby & Jimmie Tarlton, and based on real life events.

Variety is the spice

Four cars -- Plymouth, Chevy, Ford, Dodge -- representing the Big Three. Muscogee County wasn't locked into one single supplier.

Now, fewer windows.

More bricks, though.

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