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My name is Tomas and im from Sweden. Just joined this group to hopefully connect with someone who share my specific interest in photographic history. I collect crime/murder related photos in the CDV/Cabinet Card format. I also have an immense passion for 1800´s carte de visite/cabinet card mug shots/police booking photos and enjoy avid collecting of such as well. Do you, or any fellow collector that you know, have any 1800´s/victorian/turn of the century CDV mug shots?
I would also love to get in contact with any collector that might have what I'm looking for, but most important with an interest in this specific niche of CDV's/cabinet cards.
I really hope to hear back from you regarding the above.
Thanks and happy collecting to all!
Saw these today...
Not many but may be of interest to you.
You may be interested to know that Bedford and Luton Archives based at County Hall in Bedford have a very interesting register of Bedford Prison which contains Carte de Visite photographs taken in the 19th Century by the Prison Governor who was an early enthusiast of photography. Each photograph is accompanied by information on the prisoner. I remember that a special painted backdrop of a prison cell had been painted to sit the inmate in front of.
The Archive Conservator, Pamela Birch may be able to give you more information or pass you to an archivist with detailed knowledge of this register. She can be contacted by e-mail at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you find this of interest.
Hi Tomas, This item on criminal photography in Wales should be of interest: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-16980153. Cheers! Marcel
In the 2008 issue of Studies in Photography (the annual periodical of the Scottish Society of the History of Photography), there was a two page article by Sara Stevenson, the former curator of the Photographic Collections in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, on 'Photography and the Police - Glasgow 1854' which examines a report of the Glasgow police having daguerrotype portraits made of criminals. If this would be of ijterest to you, I could scan the two pages and e-mail them to you.