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January 16, 2022

35 Candid and Stylish Mugshots From the Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties was a golden era for criminals when rapid societal change led to the opening up of new illicit markets for entrepreneurial felons. Fast times bred new crimes creating policing challenges ranging from reckless joyriders to the emergence of the Mafia and razor gangs.

Hampton Hirscham, Cornellius Joseph Keevil, William Thomas O’Brien & James O’Brien, 1921

New South Wales Police Department photographers captured the zeitgeist of the era in these unexpectedly candid mug shots of cocaine sellers and addicts, sly-grog purveyors and small-time criminals, who frequented the cells of the Central Police Station in Sydney.

Herbert Ellis, 1920

William Frederick Long, circa 1920

Eugenia Falleni, 1920

Gilbert Cochrane Burleigh & Joseph Delaney, 1920

“Silent Tom” Richards and T Ross, 1920

Augustine ‘Gus’ Gracey & Edgar ‘Eddie’ Dalton, 1920

Thomas William Gunn, William Carl Neilson & Albert Alfred Beck, circa 1921

Frederick Edward Davies, 1921

John Walter Ford and Oswald Clive Nash, 1921

Clara Brooks, 1922

Ernest Joseph Coffey, 1922

Patrick Riley, 1922

George ‘the Midnight Raper’ Wallace, 1922

Henry Marchant, 1922

John Daniel ‘Snowy’ Cutmore, 1922

Joseph Messenger, 1922

Cameron McIntosh Bean, 1922

William Cahill, 1923

Alex Westland Robertson, 1923

Sydney Skukerman, or Skukarman, 1924

Nancy Cowman, 1924

Eileen May Burt, 1924

Guiseppe Fiori, 1924

Sidney ‘Kicker’ Kelly, 1924

Antonius Jacobus Francisco Zetto, circa 1924

Jean Dawson, 1926

William Stanley Moore, 1926

Fay Watson, 1928

Thomas Craig, Raymond Neil, William Thompson and FW Wilson, 1928

Olga Anderson, 1929

Frank Murray, 1929

Edna May Lindsay, 1929

Athol Smith, 1929

Alison McCann, 1929

(via Sydney Living Museums)

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