…in Phoenix Arizona (okay, Avondale)…
(Actually, I was born 3000 miles away, but this was happening in the Phoenix area shortly thereafter – Guffaw)
I found this photo in Shorpy’s, a terrific place for photos of history. The clothes, the uniform, the staghorn stocks on the revolver. The terrific street rod. Frozen in time. American Graffiti live!
The photo caption:
Phoenix in 1953. “Photographs show teenagers, mostly male, participating in the Maricopa County, Arizona, programs for teenage delinquent drivers. Includes boys working at Juvenile Farm; teens attending Attitude School; policeman with boys and their hot rods; teens driving on Phoenix streets.” Photo by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment “How to Tame Teenage Drivers.”
Kenny’s Drugs, 1926 Westward Blvd, Avondale, AZ. I’ve no idea what the street name is today. Attitude School. Probably now prohibited by the ACLU. Looks like the wool Arizona Highway Patrol uniform – predecessor to the DPS. Not in Summer – otherwise too hot to lean on the car.
The only thing missing was the Lucky Strike pack rolled up in a sleeve!