Apr 19, 2016 - Sale 2411

Sale 2411 - Lot 268

Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
Group of 90 arrest cards, each with single or double photographs, fingerprints, personal information, and the nature of the crime. Many of the images depict women arrested for soliciting, vagrancy, shoplifting, and forged narcotic prescription. Includes a card from the Indiana State Prison identifying one of two inmaes who escaped from an "Honor Farm;" the charge was manslaughter. Silver prints, various sizes from 4 1/2x2 to 3x4 1/2 inches (11.4x5.1 to 7.6x11,4 cm.), mounted to cards measuring approximately 8 inches (20.3 cm.) square, most with typewritten or handwritten information on mounts recto and/or verso. 1930-63

Additional Details

A poignant glimpse into the face of urban poverty and the range of criminal activities women and people of color in metropolitan areas, such as Cleveland and Philadelphia, resorted to: con games, burglary, prostitution, vagrancy, failure to provide for illegitimate child, and shoplifiting. Also includes images of men in suits standing adjacent to instruments that measure height.