North Shields is a town located in North East England, off the River Tyne. It is synonymous with fishing and other seafaring trades and has served as a port for the military and navy. The vast shipyards that once occupied the town have mostly vanished, but it remains a charming riverside destination.
The Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums holds an astonishing gallery of mug-shots taken in the first decade of the twentieth century. A majority of the arrests were for the crimes of theft and larceny. The latter was a common crime, involving the taking of property belonging to another person or business. This could come in the form of taking a few leaves of rhubarb from someone's yard (an actual account from one of the mug-shots). Usually, a perpetrator would only be charged with theft if he committed larceny habitually.
Pictured above are some of these mugshots. Despite their crimes, their style is quite impeccable. Be sure to check out the Tyne and Wear Archives for more.
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