i found these in a dusty junk shop in san francisco. they were in a box marked 'ephemera' and were $5.00 for 3. there were tons of them. later, i was at a friend's house for a dinner party and they had similar 'mug shots' (different criminals) framed. they found them at a place in the east bay (berkley etc.) . these are old mug shots from folsom prison. i guess when they were cleaning house, they just threw them in the 'give-away' pile. they eventually ended up in junk shops all over the bay area.
i love the alias of 'Robert Barbour' : 'joe blow" very creative indeed. ' Hames Hughes' got 1-15 for robbery and "Louie Delgado" 1-life for lewd and lacivious acts. huh.
i'm not sure what i'll do with them. they just keep getting pinned to my bulletin boards. but i think they're fascinating.