Re: Police mugshots in the 1920s
Take a look at the way people here are posed compared to modern day mug shots. It's WAY closer to the way they'd actually look if you met them on the street.
Why is that? It's because mug shots were originally made to provide a reference for how someone would look if you saw them on the street. But they're not anymore.
There's still some show and dress-up like it's for a reference picture, with the height bars and everything, but that's not the real purpose of modern mugshots.
The real purpose of modern mugshots is to make the person in them look like they're guilty. Think about that for a second.