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1951 vehicle inspection

1951 vehicle inspection

Sept. 4, 1951: The original Los Angeles Times caption reported:

The city marshal’s office yesterday began inspection of motor vehicles for mechanical defects at four locations, taking over the duties formerly handled by the California Highway Patrol. Here Mrs. Diane Tesler speeds up her motor while Sgt. Charles Harding checks the car for excess smoke and other defects.

This photo by former Times staff photographer Ray Graham was published in the Sept. 5, 1951, edition of the L.A. Times.


  1. September 8, 2012, 2:21 pm

    Back in the day, the predecessor to the LAPD was the city marshal's office.

    However, when I had to get my vehicle inspected, the marshal was a COUNTY function and was attached to the municipal court for the county it served.

    If you take a closer look at his cap badge and the shield on Sergeant Harding's uniform shirt and the shoulder patches, you will see that these were issued by the County of Los Angeles and not the City of Los Angeles.

    By: Steven Moshlak
  2. January 26, 2013, 6:07 am

    I appreciate The city marshal’s office for this great inspection as well! I hope it will be very beneficial specially for the people. Just a quick note to tell you that i have a passion for the topic at hand. Thanks!!!

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