Crime and Police
Policeman’s Billy Has Built-in Flash Light (May, 1939)

Policeman’s Billy Has Built-in Flash Light
Flash light and night stick are combined in a single unit that leaves policemen and watchmen with one free hand in nighttime emergencies. The wooden billy, strong and rugged in construction, is hollowed out to accommodate two dry cells and a light bulb that throws a beam from the end of the stick when a built-in switch is pressed. The bulb, lens, reflector, and cells are well cushioned to withstand severe shocks and rough handling.

Holdups Thwarted by Burglar Trapdoor (Oct, 1931)

Sadly, there are all too few surprise trapdoors remaining in operation today.

Holdups Thwarted by Burglar Trapdoor

IMPRISONING bank burglars by suddenly opening up a yawning pit at their feet is the somewhat unique and highly effective means which a recently invented burglar trap employs to nip holdup schemes in the bud.

When a thief walks up to a cashier’s window and orders all hands elevated, the bank employee simply reaches down — very quickly, of course—and pushes a lever, which operates a trap door before the window. The bandit falls through the door and into the steel-walled cage below. He is ordered to hand out his arms and then turned over to the police.

The trap door in the floor is adapted to be dropped from a normal position, at the same time sliding back the top of the cage as illustrated in the accompanying diagram. When weight is removed the top automatically slides back to cover the cage.

Heavily Armored Police Car Is Immune To Bandit Bullets (May, 1935)

Heavily Armored Police Car Is Immune To Bandit Bullets

IT WOULD take the most daring bandit in the world to put a bullet through the new armored car built by an American manufacturer for police work in a foreign country— for in doing so, he would have to let the auto run over him and shoot up through the floorboards. In other words, the automobile is entirely bullet-proof.

The whole body is covered with a sheet of bullet-proof steel; the windows are of inch-thick, shatter-proof glass with rubber lined gun ports on the front, sides and rear.

Spurs for Fighting Off Men (Jan, 1956)

THREE-WAY SPURS. Italian, are not for spurring on but for fighting off: model demonstrates.

Police Use Shield and Armor Like a Medieval Knight (Oct, 1938)

Police Use Shield and Armor Like a Medieval Knight
Breastplate and shield reminiscent of the armor worn by knights in the middle ages are carried by policemen of the Paris gas squad for protection in gun battles with desperate criminals. The bullet-resistant chest guard is hung from a strap around the neck. The left hand holds a rectangular metal shield, and a head shield fends off bullets from the upper part of the face and skull.

Harness Prevents Running Escape (Apr, 1935)

Harness Prevents Running Escape
A HANDCUFF harness which prevents a prisoner from running away has been devised by Guy E. Lombard, Portland, Maine jailer. The harness consists of a steel ring held to the prisoners’ waist by a stout leather belt. The handcuffs are fastened to the belt, holding the prisoner’s hands so close to his body that he cannot gain balance to run.


This is rather big-brotherish.


A Guest Editorial
AMERICA can have widespread fingerprint identification only through education concerning its benefits. Here is an agency which can be looked upon by the average citizen as proof of identity and of good standing in a community. It must be looked upon as his protector in case of accident, amnesia, loss of identity or death, through circumstances which make his identification under ordinary means impossible.


IF this isn’t the biggest pistol in the world, we’d just as soon not meet the champ. R. G. Wilson of Fulton, Mich., turns out these giant .45-70 copies of the Wild West’s famed .45-cal-iber Colt single-action Peacemaker, and at $250 each he can’t make ’em fast enough to meet the demand.


It seems like once you get past the girl falling out the window and all, this ad is really for Insurance Adjuster school, which sounds a lot less glamourous than the C.S.I like image portrayed in the picture.


Train quickly in your own home for repeat income in the exciting, secure Claim Investigation and Claim Adjusting field. Our students and graduates are already earning $4, $5, $6 an hour extra SPARE TIME — and up to $10,000 a year Full Time. You need NO prior experience or higher education. Your age does NOT matter.

Bullet Proof Vest (May, 1962)

Of course the picture implies that someone is aiming at your head. And expecting a bullet proof vest to protect you from a headshot is a little like thinking that wearing a condom will protect you from a dirty needle.

NEXT TIME somebody tries to make a target out of your torso, just chuckle quietly and casually invite the cad to “Fire at will” … IF you’re wearing an L. Barratt bulletproof vest These $90 lead rejectors will stuff off a Browning automatic barrage at ten feet.
FRONTING on a quiet street in London’s fashionable St. James’s quarter is a little haberdashery that specializes in making bulletproof vests for VIPs. Leonard Barratt, proprietor and vest designer, makes his 13%-pound waistcoats by sewing high-tensile steel bars into a garment of heavy linen canvas. He seldom sees his customers, who prefer to remain anonymous. He deals with intermediaries who come ’round with Mr. Big’s measurements.