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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Candid Camera Cops Of 1939

Nowadays, almost everyone has a camera (i.e. cell phone) handy for documenting evidence in an emergency, but this Modern Mechanix post from a 1939 issue of Mechanix Illustrated reveals an early official use of portable photography. 
It is pointed out that the policemen will collect pictorial records of traffic violations to refresh the memories of careless drivers when they are hailed into court. The cameras will also be used by the officers to take pictures at the scene of a crime for use with court testimony.

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