Lot 2020: Clyde Barrow Original Vintage Mug Shot Photograph
24th June 2017
Original vintage glossy 4.75 x 3.25 mug shot photograph of a teenage Clyde Barrow at a Dallas police station following his arrest for auto theft on December 3, 1926. Reverse of the photo bears faded informational text, in full: "Clyde Champion Barrow—Dallas #6048 / Age 22 (1932) Ht. 5–7 BF. Wt. 125. Hair. D. Blonde (reddish) Eyes Hazel. Com. Lt. Occ. None. Res. West Dallas, Texas. Nat. Ellis County Texas. / Tat. of Shield–Anchor 'USN' Rt FA Out. / 1–6–32 Wanted Dallas, Texas for Murder and Robbery by Fire Arms. / F P Class 29 – MO 9, 26 U CO 9." Partially affixed to a slightly larger sheet bearing various Bonnie and Clyde newspaper clippings affixed to reverse. In fine condition, with a tear to emulsion at bottom right. Not long after being paroled from Eastham State Farm on February 2, 1932, Barrow reunited with Bonnie Parker and began work at a Dallas glass and mirror company. His transient attempt at the straight and narrow quickly resulted in the rounding up of Parker, Ralph Fults, and Raymond Hamilton, and the subsequent formation of the Barrow Gang. The mention of "Murder" on the reverse of the photo is likely in reference to the death of a store owner in Hillsboro, Texas, on April 30th. Although the botched robbery led to his first murder charge, Barrow ultimately did little more than wait behind the wheel of the getaway vehicle.
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