Vintage 1920s mugshots

Volumes of stories in every photograph. Worth a few minutes to scan the whole collection. 

Thomas Craig, Raymond Neil (aka “Gaffney the Gunman”), William Thompson and FW Wilson, January 25, 1928. Photograph by The Sydney Justice & Police Museum

Did these photos tell you any stories?

  • Most every man is wearing quite a dapper suit with matching hat. So defined for such a deplorable occasion.
  • The interior shots are taken from just about every angle, with the only consistency being the photographer’s direction: one close-up shot, one shot of the individual standing next to a chair. A far cry from the exact metadata we require for the same photos today. Also, almost every photo seems to be lit by natural light.
  • Many first names are truncated to a single initial.
  • Several ‘aliases’ are included, as they were most likely the primary name for the individual.

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