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ITEM: Post-Edwardian Mugshot

Prisoner Number: 1665
Name: James Barone aka Jas Barone
Age: 24
Residence: New York, NY via Italy
Incarcerated: July 8, 1913
Charge: 2nd Degree Grand Larceny; "Italian Con Man"
Dept: Rochester, New York
Criminal History: "Record in New York"

DETAILS: One of a kind, 100+ year old police mugshot called a Bertillon Card (named after the inventor of Anthropometry). These were used to document the unique physical attributes and behavioral characteristics of incarcerated individuals. Securely mounted onto the card is the original gelatin silver print, which is scarcely seen. The typical silver sheen is visible in the photo's darkest areas. Notes on both sides are either typewritten or transcribed by hand in ink. All of the mug shots sold by Retro Vertigo are discarded official criminal records. They are sold unaltered, enhanced or tampered with in any way.

SHIPPING: This listing is for the exact card seen in the first two posted photos and for collectible purposes only. Buyer will receive the ORIGINAL CARD and NOT A DUPLICATION. The actual card does *not* have the copyright watermark see in the photos posted here. Cards are shipped in a plastic sleeve.

IMAGE RIGHTS: Retro Vertigo reserves all rights to the likeness of this item. Any unauthorized replication, reproduction and/or use of this item's likeness for the purpose of resale is strictly forbidden.

CARD MEASUREMENTS: approximately 6" x 6"

==> The last 2 images are from the NYU Dead Media Archive and are posted here only to illustrate the Bertillon process.
==> Lots more mugshots are available. Some of them are listed here:
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GENERAL OVERALL CONDITION: Good vintage condition. Typical, age appropriate wear and weathering. Card edges range from acceptable to very good. The photos are crisp, and the notes are clearly legible. All imperfections are clearly seen in the photos (click them to see the close ups) posted here.

QUESTIONS: My shop policies outline the most frequently asked questions. Please read through them here before placing your order: http://www.etsy.com/shop_policy.php?user_id=29130. More inventory photos can be found here ==> http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahroja


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Prisoner No 3568 - New York - Con Artist - Criminal Mug Shot - Antique Turn of the Century Bertillon Portrait


  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Materials: paper, ink
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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