Mugshots from the 1860s-1930s: the timelessness of crime

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The mugshot is one of the constants of police procedure. Ever since the middle of the 1860s, those who've been arrested have had their faces recorded for further reference. 

This selction of portraits comes from the police department of Nebraska, USA, and features every type of criminal, from beggars and prostitutes, to mass murderers. And while the dress may have changed a little over the years, the expressions – some blank, some cheerful, others defiant – are as ageless as crime itself.

You can see the whole collection, and find out exactly what offences these people were accused of, at the Nebraska History Society.








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