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Photograph of a hooded inmate at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania which is considered the world’s first true “Penitentiary.” In order to encourage penitence – or true regret – in the hearts of criminals, inmates would spend their entire sentence in solitary confinement. On the rare occasion when an inmate left his cell, a hood was placed over his head to ensure his identity would remain anonymous. Ideally, no inmate would ever see the face of another inmate.

The face of John Richardson that peers from the pages of early Manchester City Police intelligence ledger appears to be uncertain and unsure. However, it appears that the image may be misleading. According to the ledger entry, which sadly lacks a date, he had recently ‘caused a sensation’ by posing as a railway engineer and traveling extensively on the London and North Western Railway’s network. He is also said to be ‘well known to Leeds Police’ in the same report.

The first photographic portrait image of a human ever produced, 1839

from 3 Fish Studios

"I Love You Pennsylvania" Print

Our I Love You Pennsylvania Print celebrates the Keystone State with the official flower, the Mountain-laurel. Designed by Annie Galvin at 3 Fish Studios in San Francisco, California, and printed on-site in the Outer Sunset with 8-color UltraChrome K3™ inks on 300 gsm Hot Press Bright paper. Archival, highest possible quality.

Here is a Georgia State Trooper in riot geare, at a KKK protest in a north Georgia city back in the 80s. The Trooper is black. Standing in front of him and touching his shield is a curious little boy dressed in a Klan hood and robe. I have stared at this picture and wondered what must have been going through that Trooper’s mind. Before the Trooper is an innocent child who is being taught to hate him because of the color of his skin.

This Day in History: Oct 28, 1886: Statue of Liberty dedicated

Einstein, when he arrived in America, was shocked at how Black Americans were treated. “There is separation of colored people from white people in the United States," he said. "That separation is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. And I do not intend to be quiet about it.” And he wasn't.

Madeline Causey ten year old worker in Merrimack Mills. Been working there for four months. Fills batteries. Her mother said she was born July 7, 1903. See Hine report. Location: Huntsville, Alabama. 1913 November. National Child Labor Committee Collection, Library of Congress.

Only confirmed photograph of Billy the Kid