Portrait of a Police Officer, 1860-1890

Summary

Growing American urban centers spurred the creation of modern police departments in the mid-1800s. This carte-de-visite shows an unnamed police officer. The badge on his jacket and hat helped citizen identify him as a police officer. By the end of the century, he would have worn a military-type uniform as an additional way of identification.

Growing American urban centers spurred the creation of modern police departments in the mid-1800s. This carte-de-visite shows an unnamed police officer. The badge on his jacket and hat helped citizen identify him as a police officer. By the end of the century, he would have worn a military-type uniform as an additional way of identification.

Artifact

Carte-de-visite (Card photograph)

Date Made

1860-1890

Subject Date

1860-1890

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2013.0.1.52

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford

Material

Cardboard
Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Albumen process
Mounting

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 4 in

Width: 2.5 in

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