Rare Photos Of The Dapper And Dangerous Criminals Of The 1920's

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Nowadays, a criminal's mugshot is just a close-up shot of their face. Drunk, high or just a bit desperate looking, there's nothing remotely cool about them. But back in the day? Well, it was quite the opposite. Long exposure cameras meant, as with all photographs, there could be no smiling or facial expressions. So you just go mean, moody stares...

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But perhaps the most noticeable thing about the pinched felons from the 1920's? Just how dapper they all were! Back then, even a petty thief would be dressed smart. Ties, suits, hats, the lot.

This collection of criminal mug shots from the twenties perfectly illustrates just how far the crooks of today have strayed from any notion of the sartorial. These vintage mug shots show some criminally smart-dressed dudes...

A Dastardly Duo

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Edward Dalton (right) and his colleague Mr. De Gracy (left) were partners. Partners in crime. But while breaking the law might have landed them in trouble with the police, it didn't see them upset any local tailors. They kept things looking fly throughout their criminal careers.

Joey Messenger Steals Threads

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This young kid is called Joseph Messenger. He used to commit a lot of fairly low level crimes. Mostly burglary and breaking & entering. Here we see him snapped after an arrest for, ironically, a clothes-based crime.  He broke into an army warehouse and stole a whole bunch of boots and overcoats.