HISTORY QUIZ: Step Back in Time

The San Mateo County Historical Association staffers have thousands of photos that they need help identifying in order to caption them. Can you help them with this Half Moon Bay photo?


This - making it a "whale" of a success with 32 comments and counting!

Patch user , a former employee of Marine World, had many memories to share about the animals and his experiences.

Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts!

The San Mateo County Historical Association still has many photos that need captions, after it recently purchased more than 30,000 San Mateo Times newspaper photos that span most of the 20th century and provide a glimpse into San Mateo County life and its generations.

Mitch Postel, president of the historical association, bought the photos from a collector for $2,500.

Own a little piece of history by looking at these photos and help the association find out about the story behind each one, so the group can archive them.

Peninsula Patch sites will publish various photos as we get them - usually on Thursday or Saturday mornings - so you can help us identify them.

The back of this week's first photo reads: HMB Police, April 6, 1963.  Who are these Half Moon Bay officers?  Where are they?  What might they be investigating?

The back of the second photo reads: William T. Fairey, July 12, 1956. Who is he? Why is he holding a mug shot?

Please note in the comments if you have information about the photos attached.

Then call or e-mail  archivist, Carol Peterson, if you want more information. Carol can be reached by phone, (650) 299-0104, or e-mail, carol@historysmc.org

TGD June 29, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Picture 1 -Who are these Half Moon Bay officers? Andy Taylor and Barney Fife. Where are they? Mayberry headed to Mount Pilot What might they be investigating? Following the dookie trail left by Romney's dog. Picture 2 - Who is he? Bernie Madoff Why is he holding a mug shot? It's his new boyfriend.
George June 30, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Fairey isn't an Alcatraz convict, as I just checked the database.
Thanks for checking the Alcatraz database, George. The mystery behind William T. Fairey continues.....
rob July 02, 2012 at 11:27 PM
From an old timer I got the correct information. The building is Bruenner's Blacksmith shop on Main St. The officers are Dick Beal and Fred Ceranski
Great job, Rob! Thanks for the input.


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