Pinkertons National Detective
Agency, Criminal Mug Shot & Information Book, 1895
300 Forgers, Swindlers, Robbers and Sneak Thieves Mug Shots And Descriptions
Published For Members Of The American Bankers Association
This was a major crime fighting book for banks published by Pinkerton's
National Detective Agency in the late 1800's. It was distributed to members
of the American Bankers Association of whom was a major client of Pinkerton's
National Detective Agency. The book listed photos, descriptions and general
information on 300 known criminals. It also contains methods of forgers,
sneak thiefs, robbers and swindlers. The book is 11x13. The book also
instructs banks on how to try to entrap the criminals before calling police.
It's important to remember that, at this time period; there was no FBI.
Pinkerton's National Detective Agency had a whole security and investigative
program set up for banks. This book was part of that program. There were
several supplements to the book every year and it proved quite effective
book for bankers contained both mug shots, descriptions, samples of hand
and a whole lot more. It was a major crime fighting tool used by banks
who were members of the American Bankers Association. Pinkerton National
Detective Agency was on retainer to investigate
and recover any loss of any bank that was a member of the association.
As you can see
from the above shots, some of the criminals that were featured in the
National Detective Agency mug shot book were not very cooperative when
they had their
photos taken. It's important to note that mug shot photos were new for
this time period.
Pinkertons National Detective Agency
Pinkertons National Detective Agency published a telegraph cipher
in the back of this book so clients could report crime to them under
a code. Note the different ciphers used to indicate a specific crime
as well as the ciphers used for each address. You can see a bigger
image of the image on the left by clicking
here. You can also learn more about the telegraph and private
investigators in the 1800's and listen to an actual telegraph you
can type out by clicking
Here For A Larger Image
Of The Telegraph Cipher
Ralph D. Thomas PI Vintage Collection
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