Hardened and Haunting: Old Mugs With Crimes Unknown But Criminality Evident

mugshot7I have been going through old mugshots again and you have to love De Gracy and Edward Dalton. Their crime is unknown but somehow I am pretty sure they are guilty.  

I like the stare on Dalton to add to the menacing look.

Then there are J Walter Ford and Oswald Clive Nash in June 1921 — also crime unknown but criminality seems more than evident.

The NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive of the Central Police Station in Sydney Australia is a wonderful source of such dubious characters.

29 thoughts on “Hardened and Haunting: Old Mugs With Crimes Unknown But Criminality Evident”

  1. These men are proto-bogans.

    It all started from when criminals decided to not properly press their ties, and look what the strayans have now.

  2. to easy. Dalton and De Gracy – Mainport Gazette

    Sep 14, 2014 – Dalton and De Gracy where once the best enforcers in the Bertelli mob family. If a job needed to be done quick and easy they where the ones …

    1. They are better dressed than the nonthugs on the way to highschool in today’s world.

      1. i saw a boomboxer today in new vines with carefully unlaced boots and a new pair of jeans belted firmly UNDER his arze. just ridiculous

  3. All across America the newspapers capitalize on the showing of mug shots. These are people arrested for alleged crimes– sometimes not charged with crimes, sometimes not convicted. We need to have a website in each town with a host of mugshots of the owners of the newspaper with small captions underneat their names such as : girl porker, body snatcher, turd eater…

  4. “Oswald Clive Nash in June 1921–also crime unknown but criminality more than evident”.
    OK, JT, you would be an excellent, unbiased juror, just by looking at my Great Grandfather Oswald.
    Are you also on the Mueller Team in making your unbiased assessments?

  5. Mr. Ford appears ready to either want to throw a right roundhouse kick or a punch, or assume the stance of a Gumby from Monty Python.

    1. I.Bob and Darren,.,
      The guy on the left, while shorter, looks more like Mueller.
      I can see the resemblance in his jovial, devil-may-care expression that Mueller exudes.

  6. Anyhoo, in the top photos, De Gracy’s suit was either made for someone else, or he lost significant weight after its purchase. His collar is not starched, his tie is ahoo, and he looks generally rumpled. E Dalton is possibly wearing a rounded, fabric-covered, detachable collar. His lapels look pressed, but his tie looks like he forgot to smooth it at some point last night. He is only slightly rumpled, but I do wonder about his sleeve length if his arm was extended. It is an interesting juxtaposition, especially in their pose. As for his scar, who knows if it was obtained through criminal enterprise, or honorably serving in the military.

    All we know for sure is they were arrested. I do wish there were better record keeping with these old photographs. The majority of the stories behind them will never be known.

      1. Thanks for catching that. I meant to say the bottom photograph of the bottom 2 gentlemen. Do you notice anything?

        1. the one guy is standing funny like he has a fake lower right leg or at least all his weight is on his left leg.

          he seems to be holding something in his armpit with his right hand, cant tell what

          karen you’re a woman with a woman’s eye for detail ( im always ready with stereotypes thank you) tell us what details we are missing?

          1. Mr Kurtz, as someone who is interested in history, I have also some small knowledge in the evolution of men’s and women’s fashions.

            Boxer shorts and Jockey shorts, as we know them, were not invented until the 1930s. Before that, there were knitted union suits made primarily of wool or cotton. Sometimes they were one or two piece. They were either loose or tighter fitting, depending upon the style of trouser in style. One of the problems with these older designs is that they lacked the support of modern athletic wear. That fact is visible in both of the bottom photos, although more so on the man on the right, whose suit is too small.

            The high waist trouser is also visible on the man on the left. Both men have rolled cuffs, which were made popular by Edward VII, who favored cuffs as protection against mud and street soil.

  7. I can maybe see it with de Gracy who has his arms crossed, but this is really jumping to conclusions from just a mug shot. You really laced that hot chocolate yesterday didn’t you? ‘Fess up, now. 😉

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