Posted 2 years ago
I got this helmet at an estate sale in a Chicago suburb. The woman who was selling this said her husband who had passed away, was a Chicago policeman for 28 years. During the 1968 Democratic Convention he was in the Lincoln Park area helping to contain the chaos of the riots that spilled over from Grant Park. She said his picture appeared in the Chicago Tribune wearing the helmet, but she said she has not seen the clipping for years. The tear gas cannister and carrier was also used during this time. There is actually some liquid still in the can. She showed me his badge and the number of the badge matched the number on the helmet. I sure wish she was able to find that picture. I like Chicago history, and this is not only a piece of Chicago history, but a piece of national history during these turbulent times.