Prisoner Mug Shot
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 ... show more