Like this postcard of a woman dressed in a sexy police outfit, most of the postcards with a police theme fall in the comic category. Also like this postcard, many comic postcards depend for their humor on a caption with a pun or double meaning. Pinch is a word with many meanings. Here the humor comes mainly from two of those meanings. The most common meaning of pinch is "to squeeze between the thumb and a finger," which gives this image a risque interpretation. Pinch is also slang meaning "an arrest by a law enforcement officer." Naughty can mean simply disobedient or mischievous, but it can also imply something indecent or irmmoral.
The picture on the postcard is not as far-fetched as it first appears. The postcard was published about the same time that women suffragists were demonstrating for equal voting rights. The picture below is from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. It was published in 1909, and its title is "Policewomen - the woman "Cop" (a dream). Suffragette posed to illus. woman police concept - Cincinnati."
Another photo from the Library of Congress shows the "Arrest of Suffragette, London Oct. 1913." Not only is the policeman arresting or pinching the woman, but she is displaying another meaning of pinch with her pinched face.
There actually were a few women police in the United States early in the twentieth century, but they were mostly limited to working with women and children. The first police woman may have been Marie Owens who was transferred to the Chicago Police Department in 1891 after working with the city health department as one of five female factory inspectors who enforced child-labor and compulsory education laws. Alice Stebbin Wells was a social worker who became a Los Angeles policewoman in 1910. Lola Baldwin of Portland, Oregon has also been called the "First U.S. Policewoman." She became a paid policewoman in 1908 and oversaw the Women's Protective Division.
The next picture is also from the Library of Congress. It is dated 1918 and titled "Police Women - Capt. Edyth Totten and women police reserve. New York City."
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