Amazing Mug Shots From the ’70s and ’80s


Maybe it’s the soft edges and depth of field of the old film photography. Maybe it’s the hip glasses and the funky polyester shirts. Maybe it’s the way these detained troublemakers vogue out for the police photographer, flipping their hair back, bleeding, blanking, snarling and smiling. We just can’t look away from these mug shots taken between 1976 and 1988! The dynamic, dreamy portraits are a stark contrast to the modern day mug shot technique — it sure has changed. The fashions? Not so much. Arranged by These Americans and spotted by Dangerous Minds, check out all of the vintage jail birds in our gallery.