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    ca. 1900, forensic “Bertillonage” card, of Alphonse Bertillon. Bertillon employed anthropometry, an identification system based on physical measurements, to identify criminals. Before that time, criminals could only be identified based on unreliable eyewitness accounts. The method was eventually supplanted by fingerprinting.


    Victorian criminals

    Prisoner No 9336 - Criminal Mug Shot - Sentenced for Murder - Minneapolis Police Department Forensics - Minnesota Bertillon Portrait via Etsy

    Victorian criminals

    Criminal mugshots from the 1900s

    James Lowrie - This mug shot comes from a police identification book believed to be from the 1930s and recorded in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

    Vintage female criminal mug shots 1920s

    French Mug shot of François Bertillon, 23 months. Crime: Gluttony, nibbling all the pears from a basket, by Alphonse Bertillon, October 17, 1893.

    This mug shot comes from a police identification book believed to be from the 1930s.

    Sample mug shots. The City Archives includes several thousand of these small photographs, mounted on heavy stock. The reverse of the cards includes and abbreviated version of the information found on the more detailed Bertillon cards. [New Orleans Police Department. Photograph Collection]

    Can We Just Take a Moment to Appreciate the Mugshots from the 20s? It's like a magazine photo shoot.

    Al Capone - America's most notorious criminal in the 1930's. Eventually the government got him...on tax evasion.

    Bad girls

    Jean Harris used a large number of aliases that included the names Emma Rolfe, May Mulholland and Eileen Woods. She sometimes successfully fooled police into believing she was a novice criminal. In fact she was a career criminal who specialized in theft from houses and shoplifting. Her many aliases created confusion amongst police and she made multiple appearances in the New South Wales Police Gazette under different names. She was a convincing actress and when interrogated by police would s...

    Widow with two Children, Albumen Cabinet Card, circa 1885.

    Mug Shots of the 1920s

    More mugshots. So dapper

    1968 mug shot of a drag queen