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! 🙂
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…
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… 😉