Dressed in suits, fedoras, and bow ties, these gentlemen may look like they’re posing for GQ. But, in truth, they’re getting their mugshots taken.
These badass looking photographs are really vintage mugshots from Australia taken between the 1920s and 1930s. Hiding behind dashing looks were men infamous for sinister crimes. Some of them were arrested for robbery, consorting with prostitutes, and murder.
Most of the images were taken by the New South Wales Police Department. They were mostly shot from the cells of the Central Police Station. The NSW Police took thousands of negative glass plates of the felonies from 1912 to 1964. They kept them as forensic archives within the Department of Prisons.
Each of these vintage mugshots comes with brief details – such as the crime and sentence – of the convicts.
And if these pictures look more like a photoshoot than a typical mugshot, it’s because convicts then were allowed to strike a pose as they desired.
You can view more of these portraits at the Sydney Living Museum website.