[New York]: 1895-1898.
300 photographic mug shots (1-180 on 15 sheets with 12 images per sheet, with additional images 181-300 on 10 sheets with each image separately issued and tipped in), each with corresponding textual descriptions. With circular numbers 1-101 (numbers 9-101 being separately issued and tipped in), many folded. With other related ephemera laid in. Oblong folio. Contemporary half leather and cloth, crudely rebacked.Upper right corner clipped from title Item #346102
A mugshot gallery of criminals created by the Pinkerton agency for the use of banks across the country. Commissioned by the American Banker's Association for the use of its members, the volume was issued with 180 mugshots and descriptions and with the remaining as a partially blank book, with later supplements and bulletins intended to be cut out and pasted into designated sections. The present example updated through 1898 with an additional 120 mugshots and with bulletins through number 101.
The 300 mugshots are coded as forgers, sneak thieves, burglars, or bank swindlers, and each is paired with a detailed description including occupation, alias, identifying scars and tattoos, and date of arrest. The "General Information" bulletins provide more detailed descriptions of mostly forgery and swindling cases, often with facsimile handwriting samples, or with updates on arrests or additional crimes. At least four women are depicted and described, all of them working as "stalls for sneaks."
Scarce, with but three examples of this work are recorded in OCLC.
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