This blog will expand on themes and topics first mentioned in my book, "The Automobile and American Life." I hope to comment on recent developments in the automobile industry, reviews of my readings on the history of the automobile, drafts of my new work, contributions from friends, descriptions of the museums and car shows I attend and anything else relevant to those interested in automobiles and auto history. Copyright 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , 2016, 2017, by the author.
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.