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"Indianapolis Police Ride Rambler Bicycles, C. Koehring and Brothers" panoramic photograph

 Collection — Folder: OBF016
Identifier: OBF016

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a black-and-white panoramic photograph taken by N. H. Losey in Indianapolis, Indiana circa 1897-1910. The image shows 24 bicycle patrolmen from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and three men in civilian clothing, posed in front of the department's central station building.


  • circa 1897-1910


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The headquarters for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was located at 35 South Alabama Street in Indianapolis, Indiana between 1897 and 1962. The building also housed the city court and city clerk's office before the construction of the City-County Building. The city dispensary was also located in the same building until it moved to a new location in 1909. In 1895, the police department created bicycle patrolmen for quicker response times. Motorcycles began replacing bicycles in 1909.


"City Dispensary Moves." Indianapolis Star, June 30, 1909. Accessed March 28, 2022. ProQuest.

Indianapolis Public Library. "Timeline." Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Collection. Accessed March 28, 2022.

Sanborn-Perris Map Co. Insurance Maps of Indianapolis, Indiana, vol. 3. New York: Sanborn-Perris Map Co., 1898. Accessed March 28, 2022. Historical Information Gatherers [database].

"New Home of Bobbs and City Dispensary." Indianapolis Star, July 4, 1909. Accessed March 28, 2022. ProQuest.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 panoramic photograph)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digitized photograph from the collection is available online in the ISL Digital Collections:

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/03/28 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2022/03/28 by Brittany Kropf.


"Indianapolis Police Ride Rambler Bicycles, C. Koehring and Brothers" panoramic photograph
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.