Criminal record sheet

Made:
1903 in West Yorkshire
photographer:
Unknown

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Criminal record sheet A page from a criminal record ledger compiled by the West Yorkshire police in 1903, containing portraits
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A page from a criminal record ledger compiled by the West Yorkshire police in 1903. The ledger contains portraits, personal details and criminal records of convicted criminals. This page is about Thomas Davidson, aged sixty-two of no fixed abode, who had a string of convictions for burglary, larceny and petty theft.

A page from a criminal record ledger compiled by the West Yorkshire police in 1903.

The ledger contains portraits, personal details and criminal records of convicted criminals. This page is about Thomas Davidson, aged sixty-two of no fixed abode, who had a string of convictions for burglary, larceny and petty theft.

The use of photography to record known criminals - the 'mug shot'- had been suggested as early as the 1840s. In 1871, the Prevention of Crime Act made it a legal requirement that all persons arrested for a crime must have their photographs taken.

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Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1991-5083/7
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford
status:
Permanent collection

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