As if sitting on a rumble seat wasn’t uncomfortable enough, an Oklahoma police station once transformed its hidden bench into a mobile prison cage so that officers could transport inmates easily and securely.
A short article in the May 1936 issue of Popular Science magazine explains:
Oklahoma has a jail on wheels to take its convicts to prison. Instead of a rumble seat, the prison transfer car has a barred steel cage mounted behind the coupe body. Alex Watson, in charge of the transfer of prisoners, can watch his wards in the cage by a mirror from the driver’s seat. The traveling jail accommodates four convicts, having a padded seat on each side. The floor is carpeted and the back door is covered by a drop curtain of heavy duck for protection from the weather.
Hey, at least the police station was thoughtful enough to have the floor carpeted. That’s kind of nice, right?
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