Mugs in the Jug: British Edition

Hey everyone! Remember that post I wrote about 1920s mug shots from Australia? Well, now I’ve got a whole bunch of new ones…from England! 😀

This particular collection comes from a scrapbook by former New Scotland Yard detective Herbert Mew, who collected over 64 images of various thieves, murderers, prostitutes, and fraudsters he arrested over the course of his career. His collection had been passed down within his family for years, but ended up going up for auction recently due to “a house clearance,” said Glen Chapman, an auctioneer at UK-based C&T Auctioneers and Valuers, which recently sold the collection. Thanks to the publicity around the sale, many of these photos are now online…and you can see them below! 🙂

 

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T H E   S C R A P B O O K   P A G E S :

When interviewed about the scrapbook by the UK’s The Daily Mail, Chapman said “I could not believe how smartly dressed they all were with their expensive looking suits.” According to the article, this probably has to do with the fact that most of these fellows were brought in on fraud charges—the lowest for 12 pounds and the highest for 10,000. Looks like they spent a lot of their ill-gotten gains on clothes and tailors…

mew scrap pg 1

Photo source: The Daily Mail

mew scrap pg 2

The reason most of these fellows are so dapper, wearing expensive tailored clothes? They’ve been brought up on fraud charges. Photo Source: The Daily Mail

mew scrap pg 3

Larceny, theft and receiving stolen goods are part of why these guys got arrested. Photo Source: The Daily Mail

mew scrap pg 4

The fellow in the hat on the bottom right—Fiskwick—is an Australian jeweler who was brought in for a series of robberies in 1923. Photo Source: The Daily Mail

mew scrap pg 5

Photo Source: The Daily Mail

mew scrap pg 6 door

This page is a little unusual thanks to the article that’s been pasted in, which describes the arrest of the dapper-looking gentlemen in the upper half of this page. My guess is Dect. Mew kept the article since he was mentioned in it by name, hehe. Also, the fellow with his arms crossed in the bottom right-hand corner, Hugh Lindsay, is the biggest fraudster of the bunch, at 10,000 pounds!  Photo Source: The Daily Mail

mew scrap pg 7

Sometimes you wonder why these people were arrested. I wonder what the story was with the kid on the bottom left… Photo Source: The Daily Mail

mew 13 mugshot i think dope queen

That lady in the upper left is labelled “The Dope Queen.” A drug dealer, perhaps? Photo Source: The Daily Mail

mew 14 mugshot

Photo Source: The Daily Mail

mew 15 mugshot

Photo Source: The Daily Mail

mew 16 mugshot

Photo Source: The Daily Mail

mew 17 mug shot

Photo Source: The Daily Mail

more uk mugshot mews 12 i think

Photo Source: The Daily Mail

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Personally, what I love about these mug shots is trying to imagine the stories behind them. Who were these people? What did they do? And how did they get caught?

All grist for the mystery-writing mill, I suppose… 😉

 

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About lupachi1927

My name's Megan. I'm a writer with an interest in history. While I might not be a real historian, I'm a very thorough researcher! :) This blog is my place to post about all the interesting historical tidbits I find that can't use in the novel I'm working on, which takes place in Chicago in 1927.
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