I have always had a soft spot for mystery, investigations, and forensics. While my childhood friends were busy sticking swirls of purple and yellow Play-dough up their noses, I spent my hours glued to TV series devoted to discovering fingerprints, uncovering DNA samples, and derailing criminals from their mastermind tracks. When I found these photographs of Australian criminals from the 1920’s, I had to pinch my cheeks and slap myself around a bit to know I wasn’t dreaming. My two favorite things: vintage photographs, and criminals. Oh happy day!
These mug shots, from How to be a Retronaut, are so thrilling and haunting all at once. If only we could relinquish their crimes and alibis from just their stares.