23 Extraordinary Mugshots of Turn-of-the-Century Prisoners

“Some years ago I discovered a cache of glass negative mug shots taken in the early 20th century; each negative was inscribed with the man’s name and alleged crime. In order to research the life of each man pictured in the 500 negatives, I spent the next three years traveling back and forth from NewContinue reading “23 Extraordinary Mugshots of Turn-of-the-Century Prisoners”

22 Amazing Photos Show What America Looked Like When Alcohol Was Illegal During the 1920s and 1930s

The prohibition of alcohol in the United States lasted for 13 years during the 1920s and 30s. It is one of most famous—or infamous—times in recent American history. While the intention was to reduce the consumption of alcohol by eliminating businesses that manufactured, distributed, and sold it, the plan backfired. Considered by many as aContinue reading “22 Amazing Photos Show What America Looked Like When Alcohol Was Illegal During the 1920s and 1930s”

18 Amazing Mugshots of Men and Women From Sacramento during the Early 20th Century

Murder and mayhem have long fascinated photographers and film aficionados, and are also inextricably linked with collectors of vernacular photography. But, how did the mugshot become a fine-art collectible? For New York-based collector and curator Mark Michaelson the answer is personal. In an interview with the New York Daily News he noted, “I’m looking forContinue reading “18 Amazing Mugshots of Men and Women From Sacramento during the Early 20th Century”

45 Incredible Photos Of Life Inside Soviet Gulag Prisons

The Gulag, “chief administration of the camps”) was the government agency in charge of the Soviet network of forced labor camps set up by order of Vladimir Lenin, reaching its peak during Joseph Stalin’s rule from the 1930s to the early 1950s. English-language speakers also use the word gulag to refer to all forced-labor campsContinue reading “45 Incredible Photos Of Life Inside Soviet Gulag Prisons”

26 Famous Gangsters From The 1920s & 1930s

The terms “gangster” and “mobster” are mostly used in the United States to refer to members of criminal organizations associated with Prohibition. In 1920, the Eighteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution banned the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol for consumption. Many gangs sold alcohol illegally for profit, and used acute violence to stakeContinue reading “26 Famous Gangsters From The 1920s & 1930s”

15 Fascinating Mugshots Of Criminals From Nebraska during the Late 19th Century

Photography revolutionized crime investigations. Beginning in the mid 1800s, police photographed the faces of known criminals. Called “mug shots” (after the British slang word “mug” meaning “face”) these images replaced drawings and descriptions on wanted posters. Scientists even studied mug shots to see if physical traits could predict criminal behavior. The Nebraska State Penitentiary usedContinue reading “15 Fascinating Mugshots Of Criminals From Nebraska during the Late 19th Century”

Bonnie and Clyde: 25 Amazing Photographs of the Most Famous Gangster Couple in the Early 1930s

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (October 1, 1910 – May 23, 1934) and Clyde Champion Barrow (March 24, 1909 – May 23, 1934) were an American criminal couple who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression, known for their bank robberies, although they preferred to rob small stores or rural gas stations.Continue reading “Bonnie and Clyde: 25 Amazing Photographs of the Most Famous Gangster Couple in the Early 1930s”