History - 1900 to 1949
Two Shades of Blue: How and Why Did the Massachusetts State Police Adopt a French & Electric Blue Uniform?
In the year 1865, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts established the first state-wide police agency. This action was a result of a bill passed by the Great and General Court and signed by Governor Andrew. However, the bill included no requirements for a police uniform, which I found surprising. I conducted some independent research to figure out how the State Police arrived at French & Electric Blue uniforms. My findings reveal some interesting stories that involve Beacon Hill politics, the French Army and the Massachusetts National Guard.
I found my first clue about uniforms in the year 1879,