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Chicago’s most famous vintage mugshots

A large collection of incredible vintage mugshots from the 1920s were restored from the Historic Houses Trust. These mugshots include a short description of the person and the nature of the crime they committed. Here are some of the most impressive ones: 

Carlo Gambino

Carlo Gambino’s picture was taken in 1921 at the age of only 19. He started his career with Mob Hierarchy. Gambino was so committed to the clan and worked so hard that years later he gained control over the Gambino family. He was known as the “Boss of Bosses”.

Samuel Fielden, Michael Schwab, and Oscar Neebe

The mugshots of these three were taken back in 1889 when they were convicted of anarchy in the Haymarket Riot after the famous labor demonstration in Chicago. They were kept in the state prison in Joliet, III. 

Al Capone

Al Capone was famous for being one of the most wanted gangsters in Chicago. He became the head of the Chicago Outfit after he executed the massacre on St. Valentine’s Day. His men shot and killed seven rivals.

Janis Joplin

Police arrested Janis Joplin on November 17, 1969, in Tampa, Florida, after she allegedly yelled obscene words at the police during a concert. She was faced with disorderly conduct charges.

Vito Genovese

Vito Genovese was a student at a university in Lower East Side. Then he became a gangster for Charlie “Lucky” Luciano’s clan. Years later, he became the most powerful mob boss in the Genovese family and was well-known as “Don Vito”.