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All photos featured on this page courtesy of:

Greg MacKay, The Nick DeWolf Collection, Bob Bricker, unless otherwise noted.

 

Mounted Traffic Cop, Boston, 1920s
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Photo by Boston Photo News Co., 38 Kilby St., Boston, Mass.

1st radio-equipped Boston Police Car 1934 Plymouth
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Photo Courtesy of the "Internet"

News photo, dated on back Jan 8 1934. Shown: Lt Martin W Joyce, Mass State Police; Lt Wm M Donahue and Supt Martin King, Boston Police Dept.

Boston Police Officer
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1940 Valentine's Day Storm

Valentine's Day Blizzard of 1940. Unknown Boston P.O. keeping things

Under control at the intersection of Comm. Ave and

Exeter St. in the Back Bay as a Mass. DPW plow truck

Opens up Exeter St.

Info and Photo thanks to Bob Bricker.

 

Boston Police Officers
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Police on Duty, c. 1940.Leslie Jones Collection of the BPL

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1946 Ford
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Photo Courtesy "The Internet"

Rear of the 46' Ford Boston Police
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Photo Courtesy "The Internet"

Boston Police
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Summer, 1949. At the corner of Marion and Eutaw

Streets, East Boston, Massachusetts, where the

electric wire broke. Nice photo of an old Boston

Police car.

 

Chevy had that same basic style through 1952.

Both cruisers are Chevy’s, the one in back could be a

1947 or 1948. The wagon looks like a 1940's era

Dodge, with those headlights mounted on the front

fenders.

Interesting to note, that none of these vehicles

seem to be equipped with a visible siren and/ or

warning light. Also noteworthy, is the cruiser in the background, which has the BOSTON POLICE

lettering on the back doors instead of the front, as

the front fenders were extended back to the front

doors during those model years.

 

Information Thanks to Bob Bricker

 

Photo Courtesy Boston Police Department
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1950's Harley-Davidson Police Motorcycle's

Photo Courtesy Boston Police Department
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Boston Police Harley-Davidson

The photos are from the mid '50's, and the bikes, all

Harleys, of course, were painted silver with blue

Scotchlite lettering. Note, that none of the motor

cops has a helmet, as they were not mandated back

then. Also, there were no saddlebags, very little

chrome, and no rear emergency flashers.

Photo Courtesy Boston Police Department
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Fleet Division Trucks 1950's

The group picture was taken in the mid-50’sThese

trucks were used by the fleet maintenance section,

and were painted dark blue with white Scotchlite

lettering.

Photo Courtesy Boston Police Department
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1950's "Paddy Wagon" Prisoner Transport

The rear view of the wagon was taken during the same

era. Black and yellow visibility stripes on rear, and

no rear door. Wonder how many prisoners they lost.

 

1955 Boston Harley Davison Motorcycle
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Photo Courtesy Norman Nicholson

A picture of Norman J. Nicholson who was a Boston Police Officer

He is seated on an old Boston PD harley.  He worked

out of South Boston area District 6.

the rear of the picture has handwriting

with the date " July 30, 1955"

 

Photo Courtesy Boston Police Department
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1957 Chevorlet

Boston June 1958
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Boston police photograph by nick dewolf

From the Nick DeWolf Collection
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boston, november 1959,local road-paving crew,policeman directing traffic

Photo Courtesy Boston Police Department
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1960 Ford F-100 Wagon

Next up is the driver's side view of a 1960 Ford F-100

wagon. I think this was the first year the city

ordered them painted white with blue Scotchlite

letting and a revolving "gumball light on the roof,

with a split dome - blue in front, red in the rear.

From the Nick DeWolf Collection
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boston, january 1960,across the street from symphony hall,just after inauguration of boston mayor jo

I thought that you may

enjoy a few

police vehicle shots which I took as a kid in the 60's.

One shot of an MDC

wagon, the rest are Boston. Both departments still did

ambulance runs when

these shots were taken. Station wagons were called

"ambulettes". Both wagons

and ambulettes carried "Collapsi-cot" stretchers

in the back, and my hats

off to all the "wagon-men" of the day who

answered ambulance run calls as

well as regular radio calls for a whopping $150 per week !

Photos Courtesy

Paul Joyce, BPD (R)

 

1960's Boston Police Cruiser
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Photo Courtesy Paul Joyce Boston Police (Retired)

1960's Boston Police Boat
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Photo Courtesy Paul Joyce Boston Police (Retired)

1960's Boston Police Cruiser
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Photo Courtesy Paul Joyce Boston Police (Retired)

1960's Boston Police Cruiser
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Photo Courtesy Paul Joyce Boston Police (Retired)

1960's Boston Police Cruiser
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Photo Courtesy Paul Joyce Boston Police (Retired)

1960's Boston Police Cruiser
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Photo Courtesy Paul Joyce Boston Police (Retired)

1960's Boston Police Cruiser
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Photo Courtesy Paul Joyce Boston Police (Retired)

1960's Boston Police Officer
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Photo Courtesy Paul Joyce Boston Police (Retired)

Photo Courtesy Boston Police Department
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early 1960's International Wagon

Early 1960's Boston Police Motorcycle
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Photo Courtesy the "Internet"

1964 Ford Custom Boston Police Car
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Photo Courtesy The Boston Herald - Photo Taken in Front of Old Boston City Hall

From the Nick DeWolf Collection
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1968 Chevy biscayne

From the Nick DeWolf Collection
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boston, january 1970 policeman with weapon drawn

From the Nick DeWolf Collection
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may 1970 street scene, 17 essex street

From the Nick DeWolf Collection
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boston, november 1970milhender distributors,canner's furniture,Cinerama,state theater

From the Nick DeWolf Collection
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boston, november 1970,street scene,policeman,tremont street

From the Nick DeWolf Collection
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beacon hill, boston, november 1970,boston's finest

From the Nick DeWolf Collection
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boston, december 1970,street scene,Jordan Marsh,boston policeman on horseback

From the Nick DeWolf Collection
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policeman, boston 1970

Boston Police 1970 or 1971
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Photo thanks to our friends at FLICK'R

Police responding to antiwar demo at Boston University

Commonwealth Avenue near School of Basic Studies

Photo taken sometime around 1970 or 1971

Boston Police
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1970/1971 Anti war Demonstration

Police dogs being used at antiwar demo at Boston

University

Commonwealth Avenue near College of Basic Studies

Photo taken sometime around 1970 or 1971

Boston Police 1973
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Trying to settle an Anti-war Demonstration

Boston Police 1973
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Photo Thanks to our friends at FLICK'R

1973

Part of demonstrations against marine recruiting at

Boston University. Taken behind Student Union building

After police arrested some students occupying the

Building

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1976 Chevy Nova
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Photo Courtesy "The Internet"

Photo "The Internet"
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1992 Ford Bronco Boston Police

Photo "The Internet"
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Boston Police 1990 or 1991 Ford Crown Victoria

1991 Ford LTD
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Photo Courtesy "Internet"

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