Finding Aid to the Joseph P. Riccio Jr. Collection of Police Images

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Description: This collection is composed of eighteen original historical 19th and 20th century images, primarily of policemen. Most of the images are graphic illustrations of NYPD officers captured in their various duties and are dated circa 1854-1930.  In certain instances the images are caricatures and cartoons of the police. Most of the collection’s images were taken from newspapers and other periodicals; other illustrations include political broadsides, leaflets and 20th century b&w photographs of NYPD policemen. Not all of the sources of the illustrations are identified though they bear numbers on the back of the images, assumed to have been assigned by the original collector.  These numbers indicate that the collection was once much larger, it appears to have been dispersed, with the Lloyd Sealy Library receiving only a portion of it.


February 23 2015 (created)


New York (N.Y.). Police Department
New York (N.Y.). Police Department -- Pictorial Works

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Joseph P. Ricco Jr. Collection of Police Images, Special Collections, Lloyd Sealy Library, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY


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