In the past we have learned that an announcer using a hand-held megaphone at a Vanderbilt Cup Race was referred to as being “leather-lunged”. This 1920s “Detroit News” photo contains a “Motor City” Traffic Police officer who apparently was cut from the same cloth as the race commentator when it came to his ability of using a megaphone to direct traffic.
One-hundred years later in an era where traffic signals are computerized or a police officer directs traffic from the center of an intersection this scene looks almost comical. Over the din of rush hour traffic at the intersection of Grand Blvd. and Woodward Ave. a Detroit Police Traffic Officer in a elaborate elevated traffic control booth appears to be barking out commands through a megaphone to those below him on the street level. We assume that he may have been sending commands to another Officer on the street below him or directly to the drivers of the stopped vehicles waiting to turn left.
Please share with us what you find of interest in this photograph courtesy of the Wayne State University Archives.