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Deputy Marshal Betty Kay Smith demonstrates handling a prisoner, Los Angeles, 1935
Date Created and/or Issued
July 17, 1935
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
The man faces the bars of a jail cell, Betty holding one of his sleeves with her hand and holding one end of a pair of handcuffs attached to his wrist with the other hand. Her marshal's badge is pinned to the front of her sweater.
Story related to photograph appears with the article, "Deputy Job Given Girl By Marshal," Los Angeles Times, 03 July 1935: A1.
The 24-year-old Santa Barbara woman is one of the few woman in the nation to hold such a position.
Handwritten on negative: Betty Kay Smith 7/2/35
Text from newspaper caption: FIRST WOMAN DEPUTY MARSHAL Here is Betty Kay Smith, first woman United States Deputy Marshal ever appointed in the Los Angeles district. She is shown demonstrating how she would handle prisoner in her custody.
Text from negative sleeve: 1107- Betty Kay Smith First Woman U.S. Marshall 7/2/35 [stamped:] Jul 17 1935
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Law enforcement officers--California--Los Angeles
Smith, Betty Kay, b. 1911 or 12
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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