Women & Crime: Mugshots from the 1960's

We all know that the mugshot was created in mid-19th century France, and thanks to its inventor Alphonse Bertillon, it has become an iconic shot in its own right. It's a very distinctive formula: a candid portraiture, unedited and untouched (nope, no Pictorialist aesthetics here!), with the felon holding his/her name card.

For more than 50 years later, mug shots will begin to look like fashion portraits.

Here are some mugshots of women from the 1960's, discovered by New York-based graphic designer Mark Michaelson. Interestingly, the selection from this particular gallery features majority of the women wearing the very same cat-eye, hairspray-hair and pouty lips. Compared to the Victorian era in which portrayed mugshots as mere portraits, there's some air of rebelliousness and attitude in these later ones.

This 'femme fatale' look could probably be rooting from the societal climate for women back then. It's important to note that the 1960's was very modernizing for women; it was a decade off change in which women fought for their equal rights in the employment arena and challenging the forced 'housewife/mother' role in society.

For whatever the crimes these girls may have committed, guilty or not, the only thing certain from this collection is that women back then already knew how to put up a fight.


Images are sourced from Vintage Everyday.

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