Reddit user r/rambelerandgambeler recently posted an album of incredible mug shots from the 1920’s. For me they tick all the boxes of historical interest, amazing subjects and great photography.
Gangsters were classy back then.
Kong Lee makes numerous appearances in the NSW Police Gazette as a ‘safe blower’ and ‘thief’, and is noted in the issue of February 1929 as having recently been seen riding trains ‘in the company of card sharpers and spielers’.
When ‘Harry Leon Crawford’, hotel cleaner of Stanmore was arrested and charged with wife murder he was revealed to be in fact Eugeni Falleni, a woman and mother, who had been passing as a man since 1899. In 1914, as ‘Harry Crawford’, Falleni had married the widow Annie Birkett. Three years later, shortly after she announced to a relative that she had found out ‘something amazing about Harry’, Birkett disappeared.
Theft of a fur coat.
Bigamy and theft.
Guilty of selling opium and fake cocaine
A con man who sells suburban building blocks at grossly inflated prices, by falsely leading the buyers to believe the lots may be promptly resold for a huge prof
Convicted in October 1924 of making counterfeit coins, and of having a coining instrument (ie a mould) in his possession, for which he was sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour.
She had multiple convictions for drunkenness, vagrancy and petty theft. Her head was probably shaved upon her entry to prison to eradicate head lice
Theft of an umbrella
Stealing goods in custody, indecent language, stealing, receiving and throwing a missile.
Backyard abortionist who also dabbled in theft and fencing stolen goods
An entry in the Supplement to the NSW Police Gazette Sydney for Skukerman, (alias Kukarman, alias Cecil Landan) is captioned ‘obtains goods from warehousemen by falsely representing that he is in business’.
Emily Hemsworth killed her three-week-old son but could not remember any details of the murder. She was found not guilty due to insanity.
Convicted of murder. Mrs Dorothy Mort was having an affair with dashing young doctor Claude Tozer. On 21 December 1920 Tozer visited her home with the intention of breaking off the relationship. Mort shot him dead before attempting to commit suicide.
Guilty of breaking into an army warehouse and stealing boots and overcoats to the value of 29 pounds 3 shillings
Robbery under arms