Police mugshots have their own stylistic conventions that have developed over time. In 1905, some English police had the accused hold a chalkboard with their name and alleged crime—in this case, larceny.
In Australia in the 1920s, the accused was shown in close-up and in a standing pose, with the name written on the negative.
The Australian mugshots seemed more improvisational and less clinical than modern ones. But there's still that sense of defiance, as if to say, "You can catch me, copper, but you can't break me."
Some of the subjects look well dressed, and invite curiosity about their story.
These last four images are from a collection of 1920s mugshots collected in Sydney, Australia by novelist Peter Doyle for a book called Crooks Like Us.---
Via First to Know Thanks, Kay.
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