Last week I visited the Richmond Police Museum, a not-quite-open museum at the Police Academy, in order to learn as much as possible about policing in the 1920s. I had two–count them, TWO–captains showing me around the artifacts and answering my questions as best they could, seeing that they are way to have even heard stories about the Roaring Twenties. Most of the exhibits have stuff from the Fifties to present, or some really old stuff from the late 19th century, but not much from the early 20th century. I did learn some good things about call boxes (how they worked), detective uniforms (none), badges (no name tags), cars (nope, police walked a beat or used motorcycles), and what to do when the police would come across a murder victim (call the funeral home and get them to pick up the body). Police labs were in the future and detectives–if they came to a murder scene–would have looked for little more than fingerprints, shoe prints, and tire tracks. Even if someone found fingerprints, it was unlikely they would match up with anyone, since there was no database. I learned that teletype was used in the Twenties (and is still used) to communicate between police departments, and I’ll be able to use that tidbit in a future mystery. All in all, an interesting afternoon!