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1960's Chicago Police Riot Helmet with Tear Gas Can and Carrier

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Posted 3 years ago

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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.

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  1. VikingFan82 VikingFan82, 3 years ago
    My mom took a trip with her friends for senior year to Chicago......in 1968 lol. They paid the cabby extra to bring them to the downtown bars by the riots. Dumb kids lol
  2. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 3 years ago
    nice story stepback i like it
  3. Tommy Gierut, 3 years ago
    The Chicago Police Helmut is not from the 1968 riots- the star # is too high.
    The star # on the helmut was probably issued in 1973 0r 1974, well after the
    riots.
    I am a retired Chicago cop and I have a helmut Star# 15846 from 1971. It has
    been through 4 riots.
    Thank's,
    Tommy - CPD Ret.
  4. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 3 years ago
    hmmm that women must of had alzimers stepback. tommy get a chance post your helmet i love that stuff
  5. DMK678 DMK678, 3 years ago
    Great Hat None The Less.
    Thanks For Sharing "Alzhimer's" Ha!
    Thanks For Sharing
  6. JBrianH, 3 years ago
    Greetings, Stepback Antiques! I'm interested in the helmet and teargas canister for an exhibit on the year "1968" -- could you contact me? Brian Horrigan, Minnesota Historical Society. brian.horrigan@mnhs.org Thanks!

  7. Mike Dillon, 3 years ago
    I'm a former Chicago Police Officer, 1967-1971 and I still have my 68 convention riot helmet, #5779. I'm interested in knowing what the helmets are worth these days. Any thoughts??
  8. Brian Horrigan, 3 years ago
    Mike Dillon: Contact me at the email listed above, and we can talk about your helmet! Brian Horrigan

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