Thursday, April 21, 2011

Parade

An interesting bit of videotape:



  • Filmed by the Lumiere Brothers, this is said to be the first thing ever filmed in Chicago. Can anyone recognize the building? My best guess is that it's Bridewell Prison (too dark to be the coliseum). I thought it might be the Chicago Day Parade in October, 1896, but I think it was actually earlier than that.
We know we've got a bunch of retirees reading, but we don't think any go back that far.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guy in the third row foreground with the mustache is NorthSide.

4/21/2011 12:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the second from the right is Kenny Watt

4/21/2011 12:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! everyone has the exact same mustache. I spotted only 2 officers in the whole bunch without a mustache. see if one of you can do better...

4/21/2011 12:31:00 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

now those are some real mustaches, and they don't have tazers or computers or radios--- how the hell did they ever do police work ??????

4/21/2011 12:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy shit, the department used to be made up of clones of recently retired 010 1st watch desk Sgt. Mckitrick!!

4/21/2011 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will Rahm be pirouetting on stage during St Jude's IF we play that music?

4/21/2011 12:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Free Moustache Rides said...

All White. All Tall. All have awesome Moustaches.

4/21/2011 12:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like moustaches were a uniform requirement at the time.
Very cool film.

4/21/2011 01:04:00 AM  
Blogger KEKO JONES said...

WOW…Those mustaches make the ones from when my dad was on in the late 60’s thru the 90’s look like pencil-thin kid in high school TRYING to grow a ‘stache!!!

4/21/2011 01:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This video must have been filmed in March.

4/21/2011 02:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy MUSTACHES!!!

4/21/2011 02:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every single copper had a friggin mustache...

4/21/2011 03:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We know we've got a bunch of retirees reading, but we don't think any go back that far.




i do.

although, i'm not retired.



Chalkie

4/21/2011 03:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All but two guys had moustaches.

4/21/2011 05:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I saw one of those guys working special last week!

4/21/2011 05:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

someone stated that its actually part of a parade for the columbian exposition. notice the domes in the background

4/21/2011 05:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I swear I saw Sgt Mulligan in the parade.

4/21/2011 05:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

said...
now those are some real mustaches, and they don't have tazers or computers or radios--- how the hell did they ever do police work ??????

4/21/2011 12:31:00 AM

Yeras ago, before hair gel police, there was no use of force model. You were given a stick, star and gun. Everyone feared the police and no one resisted. The police controlled and owned the street. Today, apathy rules. Now gang bangers will not hesitate to run over police or shoot at police. Really, do gang bangers fear the police or the court system in Chicago? After years with JFLED and now 1300 spar forms. Imagine coppers from 1900's handling Bulls riots!

4/21/2011 06:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like a Sheithauer family reunion!

4/21/2011 07:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was one platoon without clubs, were they the call back unit?

4/21/2011 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's with all the mustaches? I only saw 2 guys in that whole video without one. Would be hard to identify any of them since they all look alike...just sayin'!

4/21/2011 08:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guy in the third row foreground with the mustache is NorthSide.

4/21/2011 12:16:00 AM

LMAO!

4/21/2011 08:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all in same uniform

4/21/2011 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

one of them traveled thru the space time loop and now works the desk on afternoons in 025. time lord d.p.

4/21/2011 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://whitecitycinema.com/2010/12/03/the-secret-history-of-chicago-movies-chicago-police-parade/

The “birth” of motion pictures is generally credited by historians to December of 1895, when the brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere held in Paris the first public presentation of their invention the “cinematographe” (a combination movie camera, printer and projector). This is believed to be the first time large-scale film projection occurred before a viewing public (as opposed to the movies that had previously been seen only on peep-show machines like Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope). Incredibly, the first motion picture ever shot in Chicago, the still extant Chicago défilé de policemen (Chicago Police Parade), was made only months after the Lumieres’ demonstration.

The cinematographe:


The popularity of the cinematographe led the Lumieres to dispatch cameramen all over the world so audiences could see, for the first time ever, real-time moving images of how people from different countries and cultures lived, worked and played. The aptly titled Chicago Police Parade is a 45 second film of 144 Chicago Police officers walking down a wide street (possibly Wabash Avenue) and past a stationary camera. The officers are formally dressed and carrying billy clubs. Amusingly, it appears that approximately 142 of the officers are sporting large mustaches. Bringing up the rear of the parade is a horse drawn carriage.

As with other Lumiere productions of the period (including the masterpiece Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat), the camera is positioned at an oblique angle so that the policemen appear to walk “diagonally” from the rear of the frame to the front. This perspective puts greater emphasis on the depth of field of the image, with a clear demarcation of background, middle ground and foreground, and also serves as a good example of just how well composed the Lumiere brothers’ films were. However, Chicago Police Parade was not made by either of the brothers themselves but instead by one of their favorite cinematographers, a Frenchman of Italian descent named Alexandre Promio. The very next year Promio would become a major footnote in motion picture history by effectively inventing camera movement; he took his camera to Venice and placed it on board of a gondola!

4/21/2011 08:56:00 AM  
Anonymous O'Brien said...

Notice that they are almost 100 percent in step. I can imagine just how that would look today.

I do see the resemblance to Jim McKittrick, though.

4/21/2011 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think this is the Bridewell -- that building was taller. It is not the Colesium. It looksl ike it might be an armory.

4/21/2011 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is great, I wish the deppartment took more pride in itself and its history

4/21/2011 09:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Hair Gels!

4/21/2011 09:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's nice to see a height requirement was in order.

4/21/2011 10:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DON'T LOOK AT THIS FILM UNLESS YOU'RE AUTHORIZED TO DO SO!

Watch out, Kirby might SPAR yo ass!

4/21/2011 10:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This certainly won't be anywhere close to what Unit 192 & 196 is going to look like after what they're trying to pull off
with the BS inspection and then mandate everyone
to go to St. Jude.

4/21/2011 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like they had more manpower way back then than you guys are given today.....

4/21/2011 11:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fell off my chair laughing at the sarcasm.....guys yor are the best.

4/21/2011 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sheer numbers and brute force, thats the way it should be....god bless CPD....

4/21/2011 11:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote we bring back the uniforms and the covers!

4/21/2011 11:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They don't look like the type of Officers who practice verbal judo.

4/21/2011 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, they're actually in step and none of their uniforms look like they picked them off the floor of the closet that morning!

4/21/2011 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sgt. Mckitrick was the third guy in the second row. He was a PPO then.

4/21/2011 12:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy shit, the department used to be made up of clones of recently retired 010 1st watch desk Sgt. Mckitrick!!

4/21/2011 12:32:00 AM

Picture each one of those marchers screaming at some random outside unit seeking arrest report approval " I don't care how many baggies he has, YOU CAN'T ARREST SOMEONE FOR JUST HAVING A LOT OF BAGGIES!!!"

4/21/2011 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it looks like not a single one was under 6'4" 225 lbs... can you imagine an entire PD being "goon squad" eligible? the public would break wind & cry about "too unfriendly looking and too intimidating."

4/21/2011 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suds from Area 1 is in row 2

4/21/2011 01:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know how you come up with this stuff, but it's facinating. They didn't need tazers or guns....they had their nightsticks.

4/21/2011 02:48:00 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Not much discipline in the marching there, but nice collection of soup strainers!

4/21/2011 03:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are all Irish! Boy, nothing has really changed, has it?

4/21/2011 03:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha, everyone looks like exactly the same person at different heights.

4/21/2011 03:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing stands out in this short clip,NO FUCKIN AROUND or grab assin,take note hairgels,thats how you act !!!!!!

4/21/2011 03:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like a Sheithauer family reunion!

4/21/2011 07:31:00 AM

LMAO !!!!!!

4/21/2011 04:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Looks like a Sheithauer family reunion!

4/21/2011 07:31:00 AM

Good one. We miss you CAPT.

One of the best pirates in the job!

015 report/spar officer

4/21/2011 04:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet these guys were very adept at handing out wood shampoos.

4/21/2011 05:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Will Rahm be pirouetting on stage during St Jude's IF we play that music?

4/21/2011 12:39:00 AM


Daley never could be bothered to come to St Jude although he pissed himself for CFD.

Don't expect Rahm either. Anything more will be a surprise. I could care less if any mayor ever comes to St Jude. Fuck them, it isn't for them. They will just hog media attention end draw news people for the wrong reasons.

4/21/2011 05:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

They don't look like the type of Officers who practice verbal judo.

4/21/2011 12:19:00 PM


They said something once. Then the poor asshole was seeing stars and on the ground.

4/21/2011 05:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy shit! It's Sgt.Mulligan on his training cycles!

4/21/2011 05:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now I want a mustache!!!

4/21/2011 06:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC- this is very cool as my great grandfather was Chicago Police Officer (detective sergeant) during late 1800s. Thanks for sharing! :)

4/21/2011 06:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes there Irish laddy with cool mustaches.

4/21/2011 06:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never, Ever, Trust Anyone With A Beard, and No Mustache !
Unless..... It's Abraham Lincoln.
PS; Good Advice For Anyone Hailing A
Taxi.

4/21/2011 06:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can still tell who the new guys were. There the ones with wax on their mustaches. I believe called mustache gels at that time.

4/21/2011 07:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember seeing old photos of Cpd from that era. These mostly Irishmen/Catholics were hired for brains and brawn at very low pay because the signs at the Chicago manufacturing plants and retailers windows clearly stated "Help Wanted" No Black or Irish need Apply. These men desperate for any job took the steady work and evolved into proud LEOs that nobody wanted to take on. You could sleep out in your back yard/ leave the windows open on hot summer nights and no worry! The less fitness requirements obviously caused the fat/messy/moronic/gangbangers etc being hired during the past decade...sigh....retired real police Ps to the approx 1 in 10 real police officer(s) hired in the past 10 years I thank you for your service.

4/21/2011 07:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the original mustache wax p.o.'s

4/21/2011 07:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

only 2 kinds of people are allowed mustaches. 80s porn stars and policemen.

4/21/2011 08:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ones without mustaches were dodging a line up.

4/21/2011 08:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yeah i can recall that parade when i participated in it right after the dust up of the spanish american war. WTF although i do believe one po is the much beloved HARLEY SCHENKER,

4/21/2011 09:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 07:01:00 PM

Mustache gels! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

4/22/2011 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think i saw Jarmusz marching by

4/22/2011 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My great grandfather was a po during that time. Later got killed on the job. I wonder if he marched by in the film?

4/22/2011 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's great to read how much everyone's sense of humor/sarcasm is still intact - hilarious!

4/22/2011 04:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its the armory on North Broadway. I know I am the third on the left, next to Harley.

4/22/2011 11:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, not a pair of blue jeans, set of dreads, or gelled head to be seen among those fine men.

Big Irish head-knockers who were intimate in the Way of the Nightstick!

4/23/2011 03:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if there's some silent film from that era that shows an old-school tuneup or two, lol.

4/23/2011 03:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>> To: Yeras ago, before hair gel police, there was no use of force model. You were given a stick, star and gun. <<<

Not exactly, I worked on historical projects for the department years ago. New recruits reported to their station and got a lecture from an Inspector. They were given a bolt of cloth and sent to a tailor to have a uniform made. They were given a star, cap shield (the ones we changed go back that far) but NO GUN. Many did carry pocket "virtue pieces".

They were also given al call box key; I still have mine.

4/25/2011 11:51:00 PM  
Anonymous 016 District Section 8 said...

Hey I know them thats 2nd watch from 016 at St. Judes last year!

3/05/2012 10:50:00 AM  

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