The Lively Morgue is a daily photo blog from the New York Times in which an original photo from the newspaper's archives is reposted along with tidbits of information gleaned from the historical article it accompanied. Along with a rescan of the original photograph, the backs of each photo are also scanned, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the editorial process of one of the world's best newspapers.
Today's posting features a shot from June 14th, 1949, showing three vintage New York Police Department vehicles in a Brooklyn shop getting a tune up and repairs.
June 14, 1949: At a repair shop in Brooklyn, police vehicles “with little opportunity for idleness” receive a check-up, which took two forms: One for the car and another for the radio equipment. “Radio cars are lined up with fronts, rears or sides bashed in,” reported The Times. “Before they leave the garage expert workmen will straighten bent parts, replace glass, put in new motors and other running parts, if necessary, put on new tires and, as a final touch, repaint the cars in their familiar shiny green and white to look like new.”
The original article from 1949 has more.
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