Moustache immaculately waxed, George Archibald Hewitt looks every inch the Edwardian gentleman … but he had his stiffly-starched collar felt for using a false cheque. Then there is bowler-hat-wearing Ernest Bell, whose catalogue of crime included the theft of a bicycle, pigeons and ‘jellies’.
Theirs are just two of the portraits in a rogues’ gallery from a century ago which, sartorially, puts today’s hoodie-wearing thugs to shame. In all, 65 convicts feature in a scrapbook compiled by a Manchester policeman between 1909 and 1912.
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