Rare mugshots of petty thieves from Newcastle, UK. 1872-1873

Alice Mullholland, 18, was a street trader who was sentenced to three months in Newcastle Goal for stealing boots.

The list of thefts committed was ominous enough, ranging from stealing of rabbits, beef, pigeons to clothes, tobacco and bed linen. In a fascinating record of early police portraiture, these men and women look into the new technology enabled apparatus sans hope, regret or amusement. Still proud, one can clearly see how they might have been asked by the cameraman to meet the ‘posing protocol’ of Victorian representation, hands/fingers locked. Not all of them care for protocol though. Take a sepia tinted look, courtesy the Tyne & Wear Archives.

Labourer William Brankston, 43, served a one-month sentence for stealing four rabbits.

Blacksmith William Bell, 32, was sent to Newcastle Goal for stealing beef.

Charles Burns, 19, a miner, was jailed for three months after being convicted of false pretenses.

Mary Patterson, 25, was jailed for six weeks for stealing poultry.

John Roman, 64, a tailor who was sentenced to 14 days of hard labour for stealing clothes.

Ezekiel Yates, 35, a grocer who received a six-month sentence for stealing tobacco.

Labourer Edward Shevlin, 32, was jailed for six months for stealing a coat.

Jane Carlisle, 29, served two months in jail after a conviction for stealing bed linen.

James Richley, 30, was served seven days of hard labour for stealing trivets, used as supports for kettles.

Robert Hardy, 21, served four months for stealing ale with two accomplices.

Cabinet maker David Barron, 19, was sentenced to six months in prison for stealing champagne.

William Harrison, 51, a porter who was sentenced to 12 months after he was convicted of obtaining oats by false pretense.

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tzvetan
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isnt is amazing that not much has changed in these many years. the rich and the influential never get to smile for the police camera.

Manu
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would love to visit these archives.

igor
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I actually like these fellas,,,,,wrong place, wrong time, thats all.

Joe Benicci
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Poverty is a great life lesson.

Rudra
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these faces are haunting. i am not sure they were treated very well….RIP all

Binnie
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I am sure some of their great grandchildren are still around,,,, and I am not sure how they will respond to this gallery.

someonesomewhere
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well, how fair is life then? hmm

onewhoknows
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not much has changed in most countries of the world..yeah.

Nana
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Whats with the beards and moustaches…lol

Nyla
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i luv all things old, and this is fantastic! thnaks.

Walter K
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Must have been hard days, the kind of thievery – mostly food, drink and clothing. Survival.

Probal
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cannot help but notic that even the young look so old. or is it my eyes?

jamie
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poor blighters,,,,,they didn’t stand a chance.

Choy
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Hope they get out and led full lives, they do look desperate in these pictures.

deborah
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i am just thinking although it may sound laughable now, it was dead serious business at that time i suppose.

Yogita Ch
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Love old photos,so this is terrific.

Kremnik
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A 150 years later we will also be looked at by our generations to follow, stealing credit cards and iphones.

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