Portrait of a Police Officer, 1860-1890

Leslie's Photographic Gallery1860/1890

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

Growing American urban centers spurred the creation of modern police departments in the mid-1800s. This carte-de-visite shows an unnamed police officer. The badge on his jacket and hat helped citizen identify him as a police officer. By the end of the century, he would have worn a military-type uniform as an additional way of identification.


  • Title: Portrait of a Police Officer, 1860-1890
  • Creator: Leslie's Photographic Gallery
  • Date Created: 1860/1890
  • Location: United States, New York, New York
  • Subject Keywords: Uniforms, Badges, Police, Cartes-de-visite (Card photographs), Card photographs (Photographs), Photographs, Studio portraits
  • Type: Photographs
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Carte-de-visite (Card photograph)
  • Object ID: 2013.0.1.52
  • Image ID: THF226498
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford

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