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 they fit but there is something else that is unusual about them.
Of all the mugshots, only two were of women. Neither was photographed in stripes, and I wondered if they were really prisoners and not a spouse or an employee, but they had numbers so they must’ve been. And Maggie Snyder, featured here, does look like nothing but trouble:
Then, there are these two. Quite possibly the coolest looking but practically useless mugshots in the world.
The only line-up photo
These were definitely convicted men, but probably photographed before they were given clothing to wear. Ray Hon, on the right, has a truly frightened look on his face. The other man, on the left, should be trusted with nothing, ever.
This was the only photo that listed the date on the back, and the prisoner did not have a number. Something about him makes him seem more like a patient than an inmate.
Photographed alone, without stripes, but he did have a number.
A cruel face…
Another cruel face, and a frightened one.
The last post mentioned the Legion to Indian term as well. I’m not sure what it means. By the way, the text beneath each picture is an exact transcription of what was written on the back of the photo. Stannestones was the other one-name-only prisoner, along with Mamick.
The guy on the left is really good looking.
This fellow looks like he’s been in a fight or something
If I’m able to look around some more, I would be interested to know what this guy did for a living. Hopefully he was a poet. He looks just like a character in a book.
This photo can only be described as creepy.
I think William Moore might actually be wearing a pocket watch! I guess you can’t hide style.