This is an antique CDV from the mid-1870's of a man wearing a hat. What's interesting about the photo is the backside. On the back are criminal profile details of the man pictured. He was "Tony Lee," but he went by the alias "George Smith." He was a Boston area burglar, 34 years old, and unmarried.I don't know exactly how this photo was used by the police, but I can only assume that this was a file photo mugshot.
Criminals looked much classier then. Nick Nolte's mugshot says it all.
FringePop is a showcase for uncommon and esoteric cultural artifacts. The focus is on unusual items from both popular and fringe culture, with an emphasis on subversive pieces. The items shown are from the author's personal collection, unless otherwise noted.
I am a pop culture buff and collector, who focuses on the odd, subversive, and fringe elements of Western culture. In 2005, I edited a book for Feral House called "Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties." The vintage oddities in my collection include victoriana, sideshow, medical, and kitsch. I am also an amateur sewer, making clothing from vintage mod patterns.