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“The Little Lost Girl” Painting

By CPHS / 23 September 2020

The painting of a policeman guiding and protecting a small girl has graced the walls of the Cleveland Police Department, and now the Cleveland Police Museum, for many years. Many…

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Communications: The Radio Room

By CPHS / 27 July 2020

The Cleveland Police Department installed a new communication system at Central Station in 1929. The radio was designed by Ralph C. Folkman and using the call letters WRBH, the station…

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1918 Influenza Epidemic in Cleveland

By CPHS / 23 June 2020

After voluntary closures and suggested social isolation proved unsuccessful in keeping the case numbers down, the city and county mandated closures and quarantines.  Calling the pandemic “the most serious menace…

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The Cleveland Police “Sign Shop”

By CPHS / 10 June 2020

As automobile traffic increased in the United States, auto clubs sprang up across the country.  In the early 1900s, these clubs began discussing the need for uniform traffic regulations.  Individual…

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Communications: Murphy Call Box

By CPHS / 01 May 2020

In 1907, Jerry Murphy developed his most efficient and successful version of the call box system.  The new call boxes were significantly smaller – still tall, but made of steel…

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Criminal Identification: Fingerprinting

By CPHS / 25 April 2020

In 1904, George Koestle and Chief of Police Fred Kohler traveled to the St. Louis World’s Fair to witness a demonstration of a new method of criminal identification, fingerprinting.  Based…

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Early Electric Traffic Signals

By CPHS / 21 April 2020

Many more attempts at designing a functional traffic signal followed. In 1916, Clevelanders John Tomko, CW Oppenlander and SW Oppenlander invented an “electric semaphore” for “minimizing traffic hazards.” The device…

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Eliot Ness’ Final Resting Place

By CPHS / 18 April 2020

The Memorial Service for Eliot Ness, his wife Elisabeth and their son Robert took place on September 10, 1997, organized by the Cleveland Police Historical Society and Museum. The service…

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Traffic Semaphore

By CPHS / 12 April 2020

The Cleveland Police used traffic semaphores to bring order and safety to our streets.  The officer set up the semaphore in the middle of the intersection and controlled the flow…

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Criminal Identification: Early Mug Shots

By CPHS / 10 April 2020

In 1896, the Cleveland Police Department created the Bureau of Criminal Identification, led by George Koestle. As a young man, Koestle worked for one of the commercial photographers hired by…

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