Dummy Police?

In the summer of 1917, the newspaper mentions something called "dummy police." These things were placed at busy intersections and were meant to encourage safer driving. I have no idea what they looked like, but they must have been transportable because some jokesters took Cuba City's dummy police on a little ride:

$25.00 REWARD

A reward of $25.00 will be paid for information as to the parties taking the "dummy police" metal standards from Main St., Cuba City, Wis., and taking them to Shullsburg and Benton.

Village Board of Cuba City
 John Berning, Marshall

--Cuba City News Herald, August 24, 1917

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