Prisoner Mug Shot

Updated Jul 06, 2016
Kathy Pinna
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on Sep 18, 2011 5:47 PM
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
Date & Place: at Police Precinct in New York City, New York USA

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