I started collecting police items in the 1950s and by the late 60s the hobby had expanded into one of the world's largest suppliers of police memorabilia. Upon retirement in 2002, I've returned to enjoying police collectibles as a hobby and do my trading through this web page and ebay.
Because I've been either collecting or in the police collectibles business for so long, I'm often asked about my own collection and many have suggested that it must be "fabulous". I've seen lots of fabulous collections, but never owned one. I've collected items from departments that I or family members have been associated, and places I've lived or worked.
This neat old Bellflower KEY TO THE CITY is a good example. It has no great value, but I operated my business, belonged to several organizations and knew lots of people there.
This Jefferson County Oklahoma Deputy Sheriff badge goes with the ID card issued to me by the sheriff back in the 70s.
My School Safety Patrol badge from the 1950s.
Over the years I managed to get a police ID from most of the states. This one is from North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Our first logo drawn by now famous western artist Joe Gish
Our second logo was created by Norm Eisenbeisz, my former print shop teacher and owner of Compton Press
The 5 point star logo was used on our first police uniform store on Bellflower Boulevard, designed by friend Larry Thompson and painted on our front window by famous Law Enforcement and Military artist Abel Reynoso
A cartoon used in the advertising graphics business created by Herb Lipke of Nightowl Printers in Compton