Friday, November 25, 2011
Mystery History -- Solved!
Cafe Pasadena came closest with his 9:34 a.m. Tuesday guess "...this Pasadena officer is holding a dozen Roses & sitting in a wheelchair given to him by one of the nice people he gave a ticket for overnite or overtime parking, of all things!"
In the December 1951 photo above, able-bodied Pasadena Police Officer Robert Hultman uses a wheelchair as he marks car tires while smelling the lovely aroma of iconic Pasadena roses.
The wheelchair kept him low to the ground so he didn't have to bend up and down all the time.
Another officer would come around in an hour or two, check to see if any cars with marked tires were still there, and issue parking tickets accordingly.
The roses were delivered collect by what was believed to be an irate driver who had been ticketed for overtime parking.
Talk about your photo opp!
These days, the Transportation Department is charge of parking, not the Police Department.