Prisoner Mug Shot Unknown family photo

Prisoner Mug Shot

Taken at Police Precinct, New York City, New York USA in .

Although Pinkerton Detective Agency began posting mug shots in the late 1800's, photographic mug shots were enough of a curiosity that news agencies took photos of taking mug shots in the early 1900's ... show more

Although Pinkerton Detective Agency began posting mug shots in the late 1800's, photographic mug shots were enough of a curiosity that news agencies took photos of taking mug shots in the early 1900's. Here, the New York City Police Department is taking a mug shot of a prisoner. Look at the camera - and the device holding the prisoner's head!

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain News Service

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