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    An Original Prison Mugshot Book
    from 1915-1923

    [Prison Mugshot Book]. Description of Prisoners Received... [N.p., 1915-1923]. Prison mugshot book, with three photos to each page of nearly two-thirds of the pages (from page 2084 [actually page 1184] onward, there are no photos). Each photo is a silver gelatin black and white photo and is approximately 2.75 x 2 inches. Full-face photographs only. Accompanying each photo is information about each convict (name and statistics, crime, and date of release or parole if applicable; pages without photos also have this information). All convicts are male. With nearly 1,300 photos. Oblong folio. Approximately 11 x 13.25 inches. 731 [sic] - 2561 (actually 1561) pages. Bound in contemporary screw-bound gray cloth. Spine missing, binding worn and soiled, text leaves toned and wrinkled, with some wear, soiling and some tears, first leaf is especially worn and toned. A handsome and unique item. This book has a depressingly familiar look at race relations in the early 1900's: African-Americans are commonly referred to as "Nigger" or "Negro;" Asians are referred to as "Jap," etc. From the Collection of Zita Books.

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    Folsom State Prison is the second oldest functioning prison in California (it opened in 1880). It was one of the first maximum security prisons (although now it is a medium security facility), and has hosted the execution of ninety-three convicts. It has a violent history as well as having many escape attempts (mainly in the early twentieth century). Despite this, it offers many rehabilitation programs (a license plate, furniture and sign factories) to prepare inmates to re-enter society. It is perhaps most famous as the venue for two Johnny Cash concerts in 1966 and 1968, as well as the basis of a song by him (Folsom Prison Blues, 1956), and has been featured in several films and television shows.



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