Two Female Officers, ca. 1940

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Two Female Officers, ca. 1940


Photograph: Two New York Police Department female officers hold a large plaque between them; one woman is wearing an official police woman's pocket book, ca. 1940. 2008.33.10. Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, DC.

1943: New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia issued all the female officers a black shoulder bag that had enough room for a holster and a makeup kit and said, “use the gun as you would your lipstick. Don’t overdo either one.”