Mugshots from 1920s

Let's take a minute to appreciate how awesome police mugshots were in the and another moment to appreciate how dapper real gangsters were.


Eula Mae age 13 vintage portrait The photo is awesome, but the story is even better.

Police mugshots in the 1920s…

"This man refused to open his eyes" - Police mugshots from the old pictures stand.


Patrick Riley (alias Matthew Edward Riley) was convicted in October 1924 of making counterfeit coins, and of having a coining instrument (ie a mould) in his possession, for which he was sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour.

Cab Calloway

Cabell "Cab" Calloway III was an American jazz singer and bandleader. He was strongly associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, where he was a regular performer.

Mercedes de Acosta  ::  (March 1 1893 – May 9 1968) was an American Poet, playwright, costume designer and socialite

Mercedes de Acosta (March 1 1893 – May 9 - was an American poet, playwright, costume designer and socialite, famous for her numerous lesbian affairs (and also for her awesome hats, I hope).

Vaudeville Performer Bobby Doyle c.1921 via

Puttin' on the Ritz! Vaudeville Performer, Bobby Doyle, ca.

urban sensibility

GQ 1931 Image from the book, A True Likeness: The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts, Richard Samuel Roberts, photographer. African American Vernacular Photography via Black History Album.

Dorothy Norman XXXIII, by Alfred Stieglitz 1933

Alfred Stieglitz - Dorothy Norman 1933 - Dorothy Norman March 1905 - 12 April was an American photographer, writer, editor, arts patron and advocate for social change.

mugshots from the 20s

police mugshots from the 1920

Lole y Manuel - Nueva vida

Lole y Manuel - Nuevo Día