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Posted:  |  Updated: 10/09/13 EDT

Vintage Mugshots Show What Petty Crooks Looked Like In the 1930s

Although all photographs tell a story, there is something particularly beguiling about a vintage mugshot, a peephole into a dark tale full of scandal and deceit. Okay, a lot of these are only for shoplifting, but still.

We're nerding out over this series of retro mugshots, in which petty crooks of the 1930s and 1940s are forever immortalized for their minor transgressions. The following snapshots come directly from the collection of a Mr. Mark Michaelson, who purchased a drawer full of catalogued mugshots, mostly of women from Baltimore, Washington DC, and New York City. He also acquired a mugshot journal with over 1,500 entries, each describing an offender and his or her transgression. Not a suspicious hobby at all, right?

Take a look at some of Michaelson's most enticing petty thieves criminal masterminds below.

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All 46 mugshots will be auctioned off at Swann Auction Galleries on October 17, 2013. For those who happen to also collect criminal portraits, you can check out the full catalogue here.

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