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35 mugshots of criminals during the First World War

David Goran

Photographing of criminals began in the 1840s only a few years after the invention of photography, but it was not until 1888 that French police officer Alphonse Bertillon standardized the process. A mug shot or mugshot (an informal term for police photograph, or booking photograph), is a photographic portrait typically taken after a person is arrested.

The mug shot has been an essential police procedure around the world. “Mug” is an English slang term for “face, and the original purpose of the mug shot was to allow law enforcement to have a photographic record of an arrested individual to allow for identification by victims and investigators.

Mug shots and the associated information are published regardless of whether or not the person is guilty or has been convicted of the crime they were arrested for. Generally, officials took full-face and profile photographs. If convicted, men had another set of images taken after their hair and beards were shaved off to limit the spread of lice. Women’s hair was not shaved.

Here is a vintage full-face mugshot collection of 35 prisoner photographs in North Shields, England during the First World War, both men and women, arrested for stealing money, breaking and entering, assault or even stealing ducks.

All Photos:Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

 

Charles S. Jones, arrested for stealing from clothes lines, 15 September 1914

Charles S. Jones, arrested for stealing from clothes lines, 15 September 1914

 

 

Christina Austin, arrested for stealing dresses, 11 July 1916

Christina Austin, arrested for stealing dresses, 11 July 1916

 

 

Christina Haggerty, arrested for stealing money, 9 February 1916

Christina Haggerty, arrested for stealing money, 9 February 1916

 

 

Frederick Ellwood, fireman, arrested for breaking and entering, 4 August 1914

Frederick Ellwood, fireman, arrested for breaking and entering, 4 August 1914

 

 

George Bamlett, grocer, arrested for assault, 19 October 1914

George Bamlett, grocer, arrested for assault, 19 October 1914

 

 

George Fay, soldier, arrested for stealing, 9 December 1915

George Fay, soldier, arrested for stealing, 9 December 1915

 

 

George Walker, soldier, arrested for cashing a forged cheque, 15 March 1916

George Walker, soldier, arrested for cashing a forged cheque, 15 March 1916

 

 

Isabella McQue alias Hubbart, arrested for stealing a sealskin coat, 18 February 1915

Isabella McQue alias Hubbart, arrested for stealing a sealskin coat, 18 February 1915

 

 

James George Chase, munitions worker, arrested for obtaining money by false pretences, 22 January 1916

James George Chase, munitions worker, arrested for obtaining money by false pretences, 22 January 1916

 

 

James White, seaman, arrested for thefts from the Tyne Sailors’ Home, 13 March 1915

James White, seaman, arrested for thefts from the Tyne Sailors’ Home, 13 March 1915

 

 

Jane A. Teasdale, arrested for obtaining food and lodgings by false pretences, 9 September 1915

Jane A. Teasdale, arrested for obtaining food and lodgings by false pretences, 9 September 1915

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Agnes Duffy, arrested for theft, 9 December 1914

Jane Agnes Duffy, arrested for theft, 9 December 1914

 

 

Jesse Rudd, arrested for stealing money from a gas meter, 6 May 1915

Jesse Rudd, arrested for stealing money from a gas meter, 6 May 1915

 

 

John P. Wilson, soldier, arrested for theft, 21 January 1916

John P. Wilson, soldier, arrested for theft, 21 January 1916

 

 

John Stewart, miner, arrested for stealing ducks and hens, 24 August 1914

John Stewart, miner, arrested for stealing ducks and hens, 24 August 1914

 

 

John T. Ingleson, soldier, arrested for breaking and entering, 30 March 1915

John T. Ingleson, soldier, arrested for breaking and entering, 30 March 1915

 

 

John W. Hoole alias Thomas McNeish, arrested for stealing money, 6 July 1915

John W. Hoole alias Thomas McNeish, arrested for stealing money, 6 July 1915

 

 

Lawrence Armstrong alias Hanby, soldier, arrested for theft, 30 September 1915

Lawrence Armstrong alias Hanby, soldier, arrested for theft, 30 September 1915

 

 

Lillian Tibbs, arrested for stealing a dress, 12 September 1914

Lillian Tibbs, arrested for stealing a dress, 12 September 1914

 

 

Mark Schidlossky, seaman, arrested for robbery, 3 October 1914

Mark Schidlossky, seaman, arrested for robbery, 3 October 1914

 

 

Matthew M. Lamb, trawler-hand, arrested for breaking and entering, 5 October 1914

Matthew M. Lamb, trawler-hand, arrested for breaking and entering, 5 October 1914

 

 

Mona Wilson, arrested for theft, 21 January 1916

Mona Wilson, arrested for theft, 21 January 1916

 

 

Peter Taylor, coppersmith, arrested for stealing from his employers, 13 May 1915

Peter Taylor, coppersmith, arrested for stealing from his employers, 13 May 1915

 

 

 

 

Reginald Stains alias Brown, chief steward, arrested for false pretences, 4 December 1915

Reginald Stains alias Brown, chief steward, arrested for false pretences, 4 December 1915

 

 

Robert Jackson, hawker, arrested for stealing money, 2 July 1915

Robert Jackson, hawker, arrested for stealing money, 2 July 1915

 

 

Robert Muir, miner, arrested for stealing potatoes, 17 August 1914

Robert Muir, miner, arrested for stealing potatoes, 17 August 1914

 

 

Rolf Halversen, fireman, arrested for stealing money, 15 December 1914

Rolf Halversen, fireman, arrested for stealing money, 15 December 1914

 

 

Sarah Cuthill, arrested for stealing clothes, 20 July 1916

Sarah Cuthill, arrested for stealing clothes, 20 July 1916

 

 

Sarah Dowd, arrested for stealing money, 9 February 1916

Sarah Dowd, arrested for stealing money, 9 February 1916

 

 

Thomas Dodds, labourer, arrested for robbery, 3 October 1914

Thomas Dodds, labourer, arrested for robbery, 3 October 1914

 

 

Thomas Harrington, arrested for indecent assault, 28 September 1914

Thomas Harrington, arrested for indecent assault, 28 September 1914

 

 

Thomas Henry Miller, soldier, arrested for theft, 25 November 1915

Thomas Henry Miller, soldier, arrested for theft, 25 November 1915

 

 

Walter Firth, soldier, arrested for pawning military uniform, 19 October 1914

Walter Firth, soldier, arrested for pawning military uniform, 19 October 1914

 

 

Wilhelmina Armstrong, arrested for stealing dresses, 11 July 1916

Wilhelmina Armstrong, arrested for stealing dresses, 11 July 1916

 

 

William Glendinning, labourer, arrested for theft, 22 February 1915

William Glendinning, labourer, arrested for theft, 22 February 1915