Why are they Called Private Eyes?
A private detective agency opened in 1850 is still serving the nation with private eyes today.
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In 1850, the sheriff of Cook County Illinois opened up the nation's first private detective agency. The logo he devised was a big, all-seeing eye. This man, the first "private eye," was Allan Pinkerton. Things went well. President Lincoln asked him to establish the Secret Service. Aug. 25, 1819 is the late Allan Pinkerton's birthday. He is survived, of course, by the company that bears his name: The Pinkerton Agency is now part of the nation's largest security firm.
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