Friday, May 4, 2012

Stolen Cars: the use of post cards to transmit vehicle information during the 1920s

 Hi folks-- the preferred way that information about stolen cars was transmitted during the 1920s was via the mail. In an age before teletype communications and computers, police in large cities received daily "hot sheets." But for descriptions of stolen cars to go beyond a municipality the insurance companies involved sent out these postcards to police departments. Note that this 1925 had a Fox wheel lock and a hub odometer, and that the thief is identified as Allen C. White. If he crossed the state border he violated the Dyer Act, and then theleagal penalties became quite serious.

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