Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Today’s photo is of a fellow in his police uniform, posed on the sidewalk in September ’66. On the back of the photo it is noted “Air police, Ent Air Base, Dick – Colorado Springs, Colorado.”

Ent Air Base is an United States Air Force base established at the site of a former sanatorium and was active between 1951-1976. It was one of the original sites of the NORAD command prior to its relocation deep in the mountains. After Ent was closed it was converted to an Olympic training facility. It was dependent on Peterson AFB in Colorado because Peterson had a runway and Ent did not. Sounds like a funny way to run an air base with no runway…

I have decided to recycle this post for a Sepia Saturday post because it perfectly meets the challenge of a law enforcement photo. Does anyone else see a resemblance between Dick in the photo up there and a fellow named Barney Fife?

Not much gets by him

Head over to Sepia Saturday for other images of law enforcement officers, bicycles, photobombs and other perpetrations in sepia.

Click, in the name of the law!

11 thoughts on “Air Policeman

  1. My goodness, that fellow looks like he could almost be walking the same beat as Barney did in Mayberry!


  2. Bob Scotney says:

    He could almost be a young Frank Sinatra.


  3. Karen S. says:

    I adore Barney, always have and always will….another great gone but still remembered well!


  4. Liz Stratton says:

    Colorado Springs is beautiful. I sometimes wonder if that is how they picked bases!
    The resemblance is uncanny. Great shots.


  5. postcardy says:

    Dick has much better posture than Barney!


  6. Jana Last says:

    Seeing Barney Fife made me smile! Great post!


  7. Haven’t got a clue who Barney Fife is but the 2nd shot made me think (for just a fleeting second) of Norman Wisdom.


  8. I had not yet scrolled down to the second half of your post, when I thought – that’s Barney Fife!

    Several years ago I discovered that our computer had been banned from posting on Wikipedia for a year, because my wiseguy son (age 15 at the time) had inappropriately posted Barney Fife’s photo under the definition for “white man”. Not politically correct, but funny.


  9. Little Nell says:

    I don’t know who Barney Fife is I’m afraid, but I did think ‘Air Police’ sounded a strange description. Airforce, or Military perhaps sounds more appropriate.


  10. Wendy says:

    Oh Barney – hilarious!


  11. TICKLEBEAR says:

    Dick somehow seems more credible than Barney. Ah, Barney!!!


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