A Famous Police Horse

San Francisco Policeman Arthur Dolan was a fortunate fellow. He spent ten years of his career (ca. 1924 – 1934) riding famous police horse Old Douglas, shown below. At the age of 25, Old Douglas retired from the force, with honors granted by Mayor Angelo Rossi in front of City Hall. Douglas was the hero of many “thrilling rescues” along Ocean Beach. The Examiner’s photo caption assures readers that Douglas will be cared for the remainder of his life by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Below are three photographs of Arthur Dolan, two with his beloved mount, and one with his replacement … a car, of course (the Examiner writes that Dolan has his “signals crossed” here).

Arthur Dolan and Old Douglas, 1934. Hass-Schreiner Photo.

BANC PIC 2006.029–PIC, Carton: P182, Folder: Dolan, Arthur J.

Arthur Dolan and Old Douglas, N.D. No photographer attributed.

BANC PIC 2006.029–PIC, Carton: P182, Folder: Dolan, Arthur J.

Arthur Dolan, San Francisco Police Department, 1932. No photographer attributed.

BANC PIC 2006.029–PIC, Carton: P182, Folder: Dolan, Arthur J.

As an addition to this post, I would like to share another policeman, Jack Hanley, and his horse George. In a 1931 issue of the Examiner, there is a wonderful photograph (below) of George accepting a piece of chewing gum! The photo caption reads, “[George] has taken up gum chewing and is said to be as artistic a chewer as any stenographer who ever deposited her gum on the under side of a desk top.” Enjoy!

Jack Hanley and his horse, George, with chewing gum. 1931. No photographer attributed.

 BANC PIC 2006.029–PIC, Carton: P325, Folder: Hanley, Jack

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