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The Police Safety Review – Safety from the 50s II

As promised, here’s the full 24-page booklet distributed by the Cape Girardeau (MO) Police Department in the mid to late 50s. Click on any image to make it larger, then move through the gallery by clicking on the left or right side of the picture.

Beware of Strangers

Two pages have an unsual use of the word “moron.” They define it as one who molests young children – either boys or girls.

(“Your Parents Will We Pleased to Explain This Matter More Fully.” Yeah, I bet that was just the discussion they wanted to have at the breakfast table in 1956.)

I’ve never heard the word used in this context, it doesn’t show up in any online dictionaries that I could find, and my copy of the American Dictionary of Slang is silent on it.

Check out Rube Goldberg on Page 22

You normally think of Rube Goldberg’s crazy inventions, but this looks more like the Don Hesse style in the old St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

Actions have consequences

The overall message of the booklet is that actions have consequences. That’s not a bad thing.

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