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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
at Police Precinct, New York City, NY USA

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