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I love these


Victorian mugshots from Gloustershire, dug up by Ancestry. Lots of these have gone online in the last few y ears, and I just love them.

This was in the Mail today, so you’ve probably seen it. (There are times I think the Mail is more widely read in the US than the UK. Certainly more frequently linked).

Dude top left looks like Magnifico the Magician, shatterin’ mirrors with his mind.

Have a good weekend, folks! We have another couple days of fêtes to come, so hopefully stories to tell.

The blog is moving hosts over the weekend. If it goes down, do not be alarmed.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 17, 2016, 10:15 pm

I like the front/profile pics in one shot using the mirror. Simple and effective, assuming adequate light. Film, or rather plates I guess, were probably relatively expensive in the late 19th C.

Stuff like that appeals to me: simple and thoughtful and effective.

Stoatie and Uncle B. – I do hope the weather is agreeable and you have good stories to tell from the weekend fêtes.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 17, 2016, 10:29 pm

Has anyone any idea why they are displaying their hands in that way?

The Mustelids are puzzled….

Comment from AliceH
Time: June 18, 2016, 1:04 am

Attention mustelids.

In the linked article is this statement–> “In many pictures criminals are forced to hold up their hands because some had fingers or thumbs missing – and these features were used by the police to identify them.”

Comment from Nina
Time: June 18, 2016, 4:54 am

And here I was all set to panic…

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: June 18, 2016, 9:28 am

I thought the hands were a gang sign or sumpin.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 18, 2016, 10:12 am

Um… read, AliceH? Bajas carnt read!

(shuffles off looking very embarrassed)

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: June 19, 2016, 6:27 am

Anyone notice the beautiful handwriting on the arrest reports? Like the census records on Ellis Island, the old-timers had great cursive skill.

Of course, common core in the US is all sbout dropping cursive handwriting altogether — irrelevant in the era of iPhones and voice input.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 19, 2016, 11:41 am

At the historical society where I work, I had to retrieve some papers from the archive for a scholar to study. They’re the personal accounts of someone from the 17th Century who left behind loads and loads of written material. The handwriting is gorgeous and highly legible.

I said something to the historian about it and she said, “oh, yes. That’s when he is slowing down and writing important things. When he’s in a hurry, his handwriting is as sloppy as anyone’s.”

Comment from AliceH
Time: June 19, 2016, 2:40 pm

Easy for someone with the skill of good handwriting to be sloppy. The reverse… not.

Also – good handwriting requires consistent practice. I used to have quite decent penmanship. Now, not so much. 🙁

Comment from Timbo
Time: June 19, 2016, 6:06 pm

The top centre one looks like Leo Messi and considering that he’s in a bit of hot water for telling porkies on his tax return… Could be a relative?

Comment from Nina
Time: June 20, 2016, 4:25 pm

Well, if the blog went down over the weekend, I missed it!

Comment from Formerly known as Skeptic
Time: June 20, 2016, 5:22 pm

I want to know what will happen to signatures as a generation grows to adulthood without ever learning cursive. Will people be printing their name to “sign” a check, document, or contract? What’s next, “make your ‘mark’ here (i.e. X)” for people who can’t write at all due to being brought up only typing and texting?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 20, 2016, 5:50 pm

No, it’s actually migrating right now, as we speak. Any comments you make (or posts I make) may or may not make it across. Just saying.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: June 20, 2016, 7:38 pm

I know I just feel smarter when I write rather than print. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/memory-medic/201303/why-writing-hand-could-make-you-smarter

OK, Pysch Today isn’t real medical advice, but still. Obama has awful handwriting too…

Comment from Veeshir
Time: June 20, 2016, 8:21 pm

Is it me or does number 5 look like Amelia Earhart.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: June 20, 2016, 9:02 pm

It says something about the times then, when missing or disfigured digits were so commonplace it was the default setting for a mugshot.

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