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Cleaves Illustrated Metropolitan Police Act, 1839

Philadelphia, November 1839. Robert Cornelius, One of the first photographs made in the United States, said to be the earliest photographic portrait of a person.

Illustrated Police News - 1870. The best Victorian periodical ever.

For almost 70 years, Lucy Parsons fought for the rights of the poor and disenfranchised in the face of an increasingly oppressive industrial economic system. Her radical activism challenged the racist and sexist sentiment in a time when it was assumed that women were biologically determined to stay at home barefoot and pregnant. The Chicago police labeled her “more dangerous than a thousand rioters.”

Crimes reported in the Illustrated Police News, 1870

from the Guardian

James McCreet's top 10 Victorian detective stories

Tom Smith, a well known ‘Peeler’ (so called after Robert Peel, who reorganised the Police Force in 1829).

MAGAZINE: Police Gazette - illustration - Whipping A Wife Beater."

Whitehall Division, Metropolitan Police, London, UK 1950's/1960's