The Convicts of McNeil Island Penitentiary Part 2

This is part 2 of the very unusual McNeil Island mugshots from the 1890s-1906. As you’ve seen, McNeil Island Penitentiary tended to photograph men in pairs, wearing their striped prisoner clothing, and with their name and prison number scribbled on the back. But there were a few mugshots that did not fit this profile. Or…

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The Convicts of McNeil Island Penitentiary

Mugshot March continues with a special double-header! Most people who follow this blog know of my great interest in mug shots, but these are special. Near Steilacoom, Washington, on McNeil Island in the Puget Sound, a prison was opened in 1875. This was the McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary, with space for 853 prisoners.   McNeil was…

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Mugshots: Faces of Minor Crimes

This is a little outside of Old Spirituals’ usual scope, but I thought you might enjoy the stories of two career petty criminals in Montana. Looking over the changes from one mugshot to the next reminded me somewhat of the Faces of Meth photo collages that float around on the Internet. If you haven’t seen those,…

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