Mystery History No. 10

Mar 4, 2013
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Mystery HistoryWhat is this? And where are we?

In this December 1951 photo, able-bodied Pasadena Police Officer Robert Hultman uses a wheelchair as he marks car tires while smelling the lovely aroma of iconic Pasadena roses.

The wheelchair kept him low to the ground so he didn’t have to bend up and down all the time.

Another officer would come around in an hour or two, check to see if any cars with marked tires were still there, and issue parking tickets accordingly.

The roses were delivered collect by what was believed to be an irate driver who had been ticketed for overtime parking.

Talk about your photo op!

These days, the Transportation Department is in charge of parking, not the Pasadena Police Department.

Ann ErdmanAnn Erdman is happily retired after decades of loyal service to the City of Pasadena as Public Information Officer. Her blog can be found at


1 Response for “Mystery History No. 10”

  1. Shoot. I knew this but I can’t remember.



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