Historian uncovers 'world's oldest mugshots'



2016-02-04 11:15:01

A historian as uncovered a series of 150 year old mugshots which he claims are the oldest in the world.

The images depict some of the regions most hardened criminals and were taken from 1857 by the deputy governor of Derby Gaol William Garbutt who has accompanied the images with written notes filled with Victorian slang and terminology. 

To be 'Laid up in lavender' was to be hidden from the police while a 'Padding ken' was a lodging house for vagrants and a  'little snakesman' was literally  a boy who is put through a small aperture in the building for the purpose of letting others in.

Historian Richard Felix spent 12 years searching for the photographs after discovering three inside a Victorian police book and later finding the rest in a magazine published in 1946.

Felix still hopes to find the original album in which the photographs were kept.



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