Beautiful Mug Shots – (in honor of my 100th post)

Beautiful Mug Shots –  

Wearing top hats and waistcoats and staring fixedly back at the camera, these men could have been posing for a family snapshot.


But these amazing images from the 1910s to 1930s are actually police  mug shots taken of convicted criminals arrested in Australia.


The collection of black and white pictures are from a series of around 2,500 ‘special photographs’ taken by the New South Wales Police Department photographers.

Brazen: William Stanley Moore is pictured on May 1st, 1925 with a cigarette in hand. He was described as an opium dealer who operated with large quantities of fake opium and cocaine. He also had associations with water front thieves and drug traders
Strike a pose: William Cahill stands with a far away look in his eyes and a hint of a smirk in this photograph on July 30, 1923. Details of his crime are unknown
Tough guy: Sidney Keller was arrested several times and featured in Australian newspapers in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. He was charged with shooting, assault and running an illegal baccarat game in Sydney in the 1940s

No remorse: Albert Stewart Warnkin was charged with attempting to carnally know a girl aged just eight in November 1920. Right, no entry was found for Adolf Gustave Beutler, but 'willful and indecent exposure' is inscribed on the picture
Got any hairspray? Harry Williams, who has a passing resemblance to Cheers bartender Ted Danson, was sentenced to 12 months hard labour in 1929 for breaking, entering and stealing
Mob mentality: All four of these men, pictured in 1921, are wearing sharp suits and carrying hats for their mugshot
Rugged: Walter Smith is listed in the NSW Police Gazette, 24 December 1924, as 'charged with breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Edward Mulligan
Unknown crimes: John Walter Ford and Oswald Clive Nash in June 1921
Triple trouble: 'Silent Tom' Richards and T Ross, alias Walton and an unknown man appear in this photo on April 12, 1920
Dapper: Sydney Skukerman, alias Cecil Landan, 'obtained goods from warehousemen by falsely representing he was in business'
Fresh faced: Joseph Messenger was arrested in 1921 for breaking into an army warehouse and stealing boots and overcoats, valued at 29 pounds and three shillings.

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~ by Stephen Sheffield on June 8, 2011.

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