Artifact Detective - December 2011

With the sheer volume of artifacts that have been acquired by the National Law Enforcement Museum—more than 15,000 to date—we can’t always devote as much time to researching individual objects as we would like. We are calling on you to help us uncover some of the stories behind our objects. We will post pictures and any information we have on specific objects in our collection on our website, on our blog, and in our newsletter. We would like you to tell us anything you may know about the item. All information is welcome; sources and citations are requested when possible.

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2007.46.1.9. Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, DC.
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Photograph, Port Authority Police (NY & NJ), 1940.

What we know:

  • The photograph was taken on December 23, 1940.

  • The caption on the back says, “Holland Tunnel emergency truck, Christmas baskets.”
  • The baskets are filled with cans, glass jars of home canned food, boxes, fresh produce (onions?) and some type of bird.

What we want to know:

  • Who were the baskets given to?

  • Who organized putting the baskets together?

  • What food was in the baskets?

  • Did the Port Authority Police give Christmas baskets every year, or was 1940 a special year?
  • Why are they using the Holland Tunnel emergency truck?
  • Who is the man on the truck?


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