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Early 20th century vintage silver print mug shots. The use of photography in the justice system became prevalent later in the 19th century, as they felt the documentation of physical traits could help predict criminal tendencies. Alphonse Bertillion, a clerk in the Parisian police department developed the mug shot, a format which features a frontal and profile image of the subject. Coupled with a system of identifying facial measurements, this tracking system was adopted by the Chicago Police Department in 1894.

Unique photograph of three mug shots, featuring the likeness of "Merwin Searel Brandenburg​" for whom "A Reward of $50.00 will be paid for the apprehension and delivery of this man to Iowa State Penitentiary."

From the collection of Police Chief Michael Webb (1950-2009). Webb joined the Vinita Park, Missouri police force in 1974 and served until his death in 2009, during which time he purchased crime artifacts from relatives of criminals and law officers. Boasting more than 8,000 wanted posters, pieces of Webb’s collection have been featured in film and displayed at the National Crime and Punishment Museum in Washington.

Measuring approximately 3.5 x 4.5, this photograph is in very good condition, with light surface marks.

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