Mugshots That Look Like Portraits: 44 Amazing Mid-Century Mugshots From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

In 1855, Allan Pinkerton founded the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago and devised the first Rogues’ Gallery—a compilation of descriptions, methods of operation, hiding places, and names of criminals and their associates. The San Francisco Police Department may have started the practice about the same time. By 1858, New York City had a collectionContinue reading “Mugshots That Look Like Portraits: 44 Amazing Mid-Century Mugshots From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania”

Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen: 26 Vintage Photographs of the Punk’s Most Famous Couple in the Late 1970s

On Oct. 12, 1978, the body of 20-year-old Nancy Spungen was found in a room at New York’s famous Chelsea Hotel. She and her boyfriend, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, had been living in Room 100 for about a month and a half when Vicious called the front desk, saying that something had happened toContinue reading “Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen: 26 Vintage Photographs of the Punk’s Most Famous Couple in the Late 1970s”

17 Haunting Mugshots of Women in the Early 1900s

Here’s what looked like the British criminal women in the 1900s! These vintage mugshots are a selection from a photo album of prisoners, brought before the police court of North Shields. Most of these women were arrested for shoplifting and larceny. (Photos from Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums)

44 Incredible Photos Of Life Inside Soviet Gulag Prisons

The Gulag was the government agency in charge of the Soviet forced-labour camp-system that was set up under Vladimir Lenin and reached 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 any forced-labor camp in the Soviet Union, including camps whichContinue reading “44 Incredible Photos Of Life Inside Soviet Gulag Prisons”

The Philadelphia Poison Ring – 21 Incredible Mugshots of Criminals in the Late 1930s

The Philadelphia Poison Ring was a murder for hire gang led by Italian immigrant cousins, Herman and Paul Petrillo who were involved in insurance scams, counterfeiting, and murder. The ring came to light in 1938 and the cousins were ultimately convicted of first degree murder and executed by electric chair in 1941. A Russian-Jewish immigrantContinue reading “The Philadelphia Poison Ring – 21 Incredible Mugshots of Criminals in the Late 1930s”

14 Amazing Images Showing the American Wild West

The American frontier, also known as the Old West or the Wild West, includes the geography, history, folklore, and culture in the forward wave of American expansion in mainland North America that began with European colonial settlements in the early 17th century and ended with the admission of the last few western territories as statesContinue reading “14 Amazing Images Showing the American Wild West”

20 Amazing Mugshots of American Women in the 1960s

The police mugshot photograph was developed as early as the mid-nineteenth century, and it has since developed as an iconic photographic type in its own right. Formulaic and recognized the world over, it was developed when the Victorian fascination of labelling and categorizing of people was at its height. Remarkably, the mugshot photograph has changedContinue reading “20 Amazing Mugshots of American Women in the 1960s”

23 Vintage Photos of Outlaw Jesse James From the Late 19th Century

Jesse Woodson James (September 5, 1847 – April 3, 1882) was an American outlaw, bank and train robber, guerrilla, and leader of the James–Younger Gang. Raised in the “Little Dixie” area of western Missouri, James and his family maintained strong Southern sympathies. He and his brother Frank James joined pro-Confederate guerrillas known as “bushwhackers” operatingContinue reading “23 Vintage Photos of Outlaw Jesse James From the Late 19th Century”