Monday, June 10, 2013
A Sad One from 1914
Don't have the card in front of me so I can't check the name of the woman here (usually with Bertillon cards it's on the back--along with crime one has been accused of). Her occupation listed as 'waitress' but something in her look tells me it's a case of 'Maggie, A Girl of the Streets.'
Almost too much disparate information to process here. The slightly collapsed look of mouth/chin: a reminder of how awful people's teeth still were, even at the beginning of the 20th c.
And, yes: an American mugshot--from either California or Oregon as I recall--but still one can't help gawping at the date: August 14, 1914. World War One had just begun in Belgium and the north of France and was starting in on its third surprisingly bloody and horrible week.
Posted by Terry Castle at 10:06 PM