Crime and punishment
- a curiously compelling and quirky collection of historic crime photos, including unusual mugshots, corpses & crime scenes. A few favorite characters: idle and disorderly persons
; "something amazing" about Harry
; a cocky quartet
; an illicit drug trader
who "drives his own motor car and dresses well"; a subject who refused to open his eyes
; charged with conspiring to procure a miscarriage
; and guilty of unlawfully possessing cocaine
This is just one of many marvelous vintage image sets
from a historical consultant from Amsterdam - a mammoth treasure trove!
A long-lost treasure too toxic to touch:
Construction at New York City's Harlem Community Justice Center recently revealed a room piled high with records documenting the building's former life as an early 20th century prison. They offer a peek into the street life of ca. 1900 NYC and scholars are already interested - there's only one problem: the room also contains decades worth of toxic pigeon droppings. (NY Times - registration required).
Photos (click on the "records rescue" link at the bottom) of the room are available at the great correctionhistory.org which also offers histories and photos of other out-of-the-way corners of NYC like the Hart Island Potter's Field.