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  Amazing 1920' vintage mugshots of criminals
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17th Oct 2013, 1:15 AM
In years between 1910 and 1930, New South Wales Police Department took 2500 of amazing photos of criminals looking pretty darn dapper. Peter Doyle, a curator of the Justice & Police Museum in Sydney explains the background story behind this intriguing photographs:

These ‘special photographs’ were mostly taken in the cells at the Central Police Station in Sydney and are of men and women recently plucked from the street, often still animated by the dramas surrounding their ‘apprehension’. Compared with the subjects of prison mug shots, the subjects of the special photographs seem to have been allowed – perhaps invited – to position and compose themselves for the camera as they liked. Their photographic identity thus seems constructed out of a potent alchemy of inborn disposition, personal history, learned habits and idiosyncrasies, chosen personal style (haircut, clothing, accessories) and physical characteristics.

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changed: TheDude (17th Oct 2013, 10:18 AM)
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