Sunday, April 19, 2009

Large And In Charge

The now defunct Franklin Motor Car Company made a pretty fierce looking paddywagon in the first decade of 1900. Opinions vary, but many agree that the term "paddywagon" derived from the large number of policemen who were of Irish descent. The specialized trucks were also called Black Marias (pronounced "mariahs"), piewagons, or Mother's Hearts. Mother's Hearts, because, tongue-in-cheek, it was said there was always "room for one more".

The photograph, taken 100 years ago in Washington, D.C. is courtesy of the Harris & Ewing collection in the Library of Congress.

1 comment:

High Desert Diva said...

I had only heard them referred to as paddywagons. I think I like Mother's Hearts....