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Tableau_synoptique_physionomiq

Tableau_synoptique_physionomiq

In the 1870s, Alphonse Bertillon, who worked for the Prefecture of Police in Paris, developed the first system of criminal identification. Based on a series of measurements and photographic evidence (mug shots) it claimed to offer police a sure-fire way of knowing whether an arrestee had been through the system before. This chart was designed to instruct policemen in facial differences. This would allow them to "get their man" through a process of careful, educated observation.

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