The Origins of the Mug Shot

Apparently, we can trace the origins of the mugshot back to France. Parisian police were one of the earliest adopters of photography when it was made available to the public in 1839, quickly realizing that the technology could be used to catch repeat offenders. It was also a Frenchman named Alphonse Bertillon who created the standard mugshot format we know today: a head-on and profile shot. However, his included extra details like foot and ear sizes.
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