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This Is What The FBI Looked Like In The ’30s And ’40s

Guns, gigantic file rooms, and Shirley Temple was a frequent visitor.

1. In 1930, two agents work in the fingerprinting division.

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2. The identification division of the FBI in 1935.

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3. J. Edgar Hoover in 1936, inspecting weapons.

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4. Here in 1937, J. Edgar Hoover is apparently being made a member of the Shirley Temple Police Force.

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5. 1938: J. Edgar Hoover being the man.

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6. J. Edgar Hoover shows Shirley Temple around the office in 1938. They were apparently great lifelong friends.

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7. Too cute: J. Edgar and Miss Temple.

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8. On her visit to the bureau, J. Edgar Hoover also showed Shirley Temple how to ride a mechanical horse!

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9. 1941: An agent shows how a hidden message can be revealed with ultraviolet light.

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10. 1941: We see how sometimes messages can be hidden within the lining of an envelope.

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11. Also from the same 1941 series, an agent decodes a message using the anagram encryption method. Straight up DaVinci Code style.

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12. The result of a 1942 FBI raid on the homes of enemy aliens. Holy.

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13. Hiding microfilm in a wristwatch in 1941. Sneaky.

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14. Also in 1941, here an agent uses a razor blade to cut microprints from a strip of microfilm.

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15. An agent listens to a message being transfered via radio (1941).

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16. The door to the Puerto Rican branch of the FBI in 1942.

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17. Female clerks working away in the file room in 1943.

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18. The large file room at the FBI headquarters in 1943.

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