“It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”: Stunning Mid-Century Mugshots From The City Of Brotherly Love – Design You Trust — Design Daily Since 2007

“It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”: Stunning Mid-Century Mugshots From The City Of Brotherly Love

Sometimes mugshots look like portraits. In this gallery of faces from 1950 and 1960s Philadelphia, photo collector Mark Michaelson picks mugshots that make us stop, look and keep looking.

“In Boston they ask, how much does he know? In New York, how much is he worth? In Philadelphia, who were his parents?” – Mark Twain

Punks, sneaks, mooks and miscreants. Hookers, stooges, grifters and goons. Men and women, elderly and adolescent, rich and poor, but mostly poor. These are the Least Wanted. Their portraits make up a small part of Mark Michaelson’s collection of over 10,000 American mugshots from the 1870s to the 1960s.

Created as utilitarian instruments, and meant to be destroyed when obsolete, they survive as remnants of a bygone era of hard-copy originals, extraordinary visual windows on the past, and riveting physical artifacts, often accompanied by municipal ephemera. They are glued to cards and manuscripts, typed on and rubber stamped. Each suspect has been measured and fingerprinted, documented and classified.

Bored, sheepish, proud, coy, tough, defiant, bounced, bloodied, bruised, broken and innocent faces–innocent until proven guilty–stare back at the camera with unmistakable individuality. This is central casting for the Late Late Show of unvarnished reality, and the lineup is full of small-timers, those who have fallen through the cracks.

Each subject, each image, is a person, a portrait, a trace, a crime, a clue, a moment, an expression, a frame, a mustache, a mother, a father, a son or a daughter. Each image is evidence, documentation. A record of people and of stories dismissed by history and rescued here. A century of American souls, filed and forgotten, until now.

More info: Amazon (h/t: flashbak)

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Design You Trust Facebook page. You won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Stunning 3D Printed Mycelium Shoe By Ica & Kostika
Spectacular Winning Photos Of The Australia's 2018 Photographer Of The Year Contest
The Winning Images of The Female in Focus Photography Awards 2021
Sad and Happy Moments on the Photos of Boris Register
Daredevil Ukrainian Stalkers Took Stunning Photos Inside The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone In 2019
Beautiful Ethiopian Headwear Made From Your Trash
Beautiful Female Fashion Photography in the 1960s by Hans Dukkers
Photographer Captures Otherworldly Light Pillars In Northern Ontario
Close-Ups of Dead Plants at El Mirage Dry Lake
Alternative Fashion by Circa Nocturna
Scales Of Perception: "Megalophobia" By Mai Chaya
Stunning Portrait Drawings By Winnie Truong
"Colorize To Remember": Samir Belhamra Colorized Historic Images To Bring The Past To Life
The Nissan Production Line
Eyes Wide Open: Stunning Street Art Masterpieces By Nikita Nomerz
Wonderful Vintage Photos Of Female Students At Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts In 1948
Magical Teacher Helps Students In The Himalayas Play Quidditch
The Beautiful Pictures of Waves
Brilliant Landscape Photography In Hawaii By Jason Wright
Photographer Hitchhikes Across Europe To Take Powerful Portraits Of Self-Ruling People
Ohio Youth Of The 1970s – Lovely Photos Of Long-Haired Teenage Girls In Dayton From 1974-75
Sensual Black and White Portrait Photos of Goldie Hawn Taken by Joseph Klipple in 1964
This Fascinating Photo Project Reveals How Our Concerns And Fears Make Us Completely Different People
New Stunning Entries Of The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year Contest