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Press Photo New York’s Finest In The 1860's American Procession No.33
Law Enforcement in the 19th Century.
"New York’s Finest in the 60’s were inclined toward hirsute adornment of simpers, as this photo shows. It was in those days that New York was included in the epithet “effete East.” But the police of that period, scampering after malefactors with their whiskers floating in the wind, gave good amount of themselves in the riots and discontents of those troublesome reconstruction days" Syracuse Herald