They are an interesting collection of women who were all photographed in the custody of New South Wales police between 1916 and 1929. They range from notorious brothel madams, to bigamists, murderers, drug dealers, prostitutes and simply the unfortunate, like Kate Ellick who was sentenced to prison because her family were dead and she was(…)
Shooting criminals: Are these the most beautiful mug shots in the world?
I seem to have a slight obsession with vintage mug-shots this week and I couldn’t resist sharing these beautiful photos with you. They were taken between 1910 and 1930 by New South Wales Police Department. Called ‘special photographs’, I’m not sure whether they replaced traditional mug-shots or were supplimentary, but they were photographs of “men(…)
Femme fatale: The stylish female criminals of Australia, 1920s
I was talking about my fascination with vintage mug-shot photos a few days ago and since then I stumbled upon these amazing photos of 1920s women who were incarcerated at the State Reformatory for Women, Long Bay, NSW. What makes these photos so interesting is that they took a full length photo of each woman,(…)
Cocky, The Sunderland Kid and Fatty Potter – 1930s mugshots
I’m fascinated by old mug shots. I love the candid nature of them. They show ordinary people in their every-day clothes photographed perhaps for the first and only time in their lives. Some look worried, some look cocky, some just look pretty vacant (check out John Dodgson), but they’re all really interesting. I feel a(…)
Celebrity mug shots: Jim Morrison
Two different mug shots of Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors, from 1963 and 1970. In 1963 he was arrested in Tallahassee after pulling a prank while drunk at a Florida State University football game. In 1970 he was arrested indecent exposure and profanity after he exposed himself during a March 1969 concert(…)
Celebrity mugshots: Dennis Hopper
Actor Dennis Hopper phographed by the Taos, New Mexico Police Department in 1975 after fleeing the scene of a traffic accident.
The real Butch Cassidy
The real Butch Cassidy (looking nothing like Paul Newman) photographed in 1894 in a mug shot from Wyoming Territorial Prison in Laramie. Cassidy’s real name was Robert Leroy Parker and he was a notorious American train and bank robber and leader of the Wild Bunch Gang.
The many hats of 1920s criminals
I found these photos of 1920s criminals absolutely fascinating, partly because I think mug-shots make for really interesting candid photographs, but also because of the variety of different hats worn by the men in these photos. They were all taken in Calgary in 1920. What do you think they were arrested for? Number 6088 definitely(…)
Criminal mugshots from the 1900s (some sexy, some creepy)
Criminal mugshots of men arrested in England in the early 1900s for a variety of crimes including Larceny (is this the same as theft?), False Pretences and Indecent Exposure (he’s a creepy one). I must admit that Andrea Laudano (above) is rather dishy, you can see he probably had a real way with the ladies(…)
Al Capone’s mug shot
A mug shot of American gangster Al Capone taken in June 1931. He spent 11 years in Alcatraz for tax evasion, which I imagine was one of his lesser crimes!
Mug shot of Elvis, 1970
Mug shot of Elvis taken in 1970 when he went to visit President Nixon at the White House. You can see the photos of the meeting here – they make a very strange couple! Source and copyright: This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work prepared by(…)