Books ➔ Book, Mugshot
Large bound blotter book or mugshot ( mug shot ) book. Contains photographs of criminals as well as physical descriptions of them and their crimes.;This book and the accompanying items in the accession were part of the Bertillon identification system. Developed in France, the system consisted of taking photographs of the subject and tabulating very precise measurements of certain parts of the body that are not supposed to change after a person reaches adult age. Thus the measurements of the length and width of the head, length of the middle finger, length of the foot, length of the forearm, height both standing and sitting, color of hair and eyes, size and shape of ears, etc. All these measurements were recorded on cards and filed. This system was used locally for many years until personal identification through fingerprints became popular.
1897 – 1915
Current Location Status:
Gift Of Grand Rapids Police Department
(November 12 2011 – February 29 2012)BIG STUFF from the Permanent Collection
An inspired selection of favorites chosen by the Museum Staff
For more than 150 years, the Public Museum has been collecting STUFF. We’re the keepers of important “one for the record books” stuff; quirky “what were they thinking” stuff; fragile “from a bygone era” stuff; patent-related “don’t forget whose stuff this is” stuff; small to the point of being overlooked stuff; and BIG “how did you get that through the door” stuff. In short, we keep track of history through the physical objects our society has amassed along the way.
But stuff requires more storage space than anyone cares to think about. As a result, a mere 10% of the Museum’s collection is on display here at any given time. This is our attempt to correct that. We’ve pulled back the dust covers, opened the drawers and invited Museum staff members into the archives to vote on their favorites in one category - BIG STUFF. Conjure up all the adjectives you can come up with to replace BIG, then have a look inside!
Grand Rapids Police Department
(creator)The Grand Rapids Police Department was formed in 1871 and began with a police chief and eight patrolmen. As of 2018, it consists of nearly 300 sworn personnel and around 100 civilian employees. It is the second largest municipal police department in Michigan. Grand Rapids Police Department
(donor)The Grand Rapids Police Department was formed in 1871 and began with a police chief and eight patrolmen. As of 2018, it consists of nearly 300 sworn personnel and around 100 civilian employees. It is the second largest municipal police department in Michigan.