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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.

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In 1930, two agents work in the fingerprinting division.

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The identification division of the FBI in 1935.

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J. Edgar Hoover in 1936, inspecting weapons.

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

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1938: J. Edgar Hoover being the man.

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

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Too cute: J. Edgar and Miss Temple.

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

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

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

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

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Hiding microfilm in a wristwatch in 1941. Sneaky.

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

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

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

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Female clerks working away in the file room in 1943.

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The large file room at the FBI headquarters in 1943.

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