This is the photograph of a Texas Ranger in 1946. My compliments to Traces of Texas for publishing it. I noticed the Colt 45 with custom Texas Longhorn Grips and the Browning automatic shotgun with a tooled leather shell carrier filled with 12 gauge slugs. The spotlight has a hanger hook on the center post of the windshield and the Official Business sign pulled up on the drivers side sun visor. I can't tell what make of vehicle it is but it has a standard transmission with 3 on the tree. The cowboy boots have extra thick leather soles and the Ranger is wearing a wedding ring. Back then an unwritten rule was only married men could enter the Ranger Service and divorce was frowned upon and usually grounds for removal. There was no a/c and those wing windows came in handy. That is a 37/180 or 37/260 low band radio that operated with tubes and a dynamo which would start winding up when you keyed the microphone. I'll bet the whip antenna was 10 foot long with an 8 inch spring on the bottom. You could talk for 30 miles on those radios and if there was skip due to the atmosphere you could talk across the country.
I intentionally left something out that these law enforcement vehicles used to have when traveling back roads. See if you can spot it. The first person to correctly identify the object will receive a can of pepper spray. Leave your answer in the contact section located on the upper header with contact information.
Great photograph by Ed Clark for Life Magazine.