Originally a stenographer in the office of the Collector of Customs at the Port of Miami, Florida, Kathleen Dixson is appointed the port's first Customs Inspectress in 1943. Collector A.J. Angle suggests she should get a uniform similar to that worn by the male inspectors.
Kathleen Dixson is credited with being the first to wear an official Customs uniform designed for women. This 1943 photograph shows Dixson surrounded by her peers at the Port of Miami.