Meet Dominick Armoccito, inmate number 4461. Actually, you wouldn’t want to meet Dominick Armoccito. When this photograph was taken, he was on his way to the Colorado State Penitentiary, in Canon City, Colorado. He was charged with Assault to Rape and sentenced to one year of prison. At the time that this image was made, he was 32 years-old and weighed 139 pounds and was 5 feet and 2 1/2 inches tall. His complexion was sallow (sickly yellowish hue), and he had brown eyes and black hair. He worked as a laborer prior to jail. He was sentenced in Chaffee County, Colorado. The preceding information about convict Armoccito was all hand written on the back of the mug shot. The photographer of this photograph is unknown and the location where the photograph was taken was likely Canon City. Research reveals that Armoccito’s inmate number indicates that he began his sentence sometime between 1895 and 1902.
DOMINICK ARMOCCITO: INMATE NUMBER 4461 AT THE COLORADO STATE PENITENTIARY IN CANON CITY, COLORADO (CIRCA 1900)
A stylish and pretty woman poses for her portrait at a studio in Dowagiac, Michigan. This close-up portrait highlights her interesting dress (note the string lace-up style) as well as her jewelry. She is wearing a stick pin and a pendant on a chain. The photographer is Harry G. Hughson. Hughson is listed in a business digest printed for Central Michigan (1902). His location is listed as St. Josephs, Michigan.
This cabinet card captures Alice Marot sitting on a window sill in Benque’s photographic studio in Paris, France. Alice Marot was a high class prostitute. She appeared in “The Pretty Women of Paris”, a privately printed guide to Paris’s best courtesans and prostitutes. The guide provided names, addresses, qualities, and faults for each women. According to the directory, Marot could be found a 4 Rue de Marigan. The guide describes Marot as a “sprightly fair, little whore” who had been quite lucky to rise above a checkered career on the provincial stages. When she came to Paris, she utilized the Palais Royal Theatre to enlarge the circle of her lovers. She was considered by other members of “the army of cupid” to be a threat because she had a propensity to “tumble on her back” at all hours of the day and night. Benque’s studio was located at 33, Rue Boissy D’Anglas. M. M. Benque was a well known celebrity photographer.
A beautifully dressed couple pose for their portrait at a studio in Spring Valley, Minnesota. The photographer is Lucious M. Schofield who operated out of Spring Valley between 1889 and 1894. . Schofield’s gallery was taken over by E. G. Washburn. The couple in this photograph is dressed for a formal occasion and the quality of their clothing indicates that they are likely financially secure.
A Canadian maiden poses for her portrait in Montreal, Canada. She clearly is trying to look a bit sexually provocative in this photograph. She manages to succeed in her effort; but one must remember, a respectable turn of the century woman would not assume a more risque pose than the one she has taken in this photograph. Note the wicker furniture in this photograph. The photographers are Larin and Stidworthy of Montreal, Canada (2202 Notre Dame Street). The Larin in this partnership is Henry Larin.
Four adorable siblings pose for their studio portrait in Zweibrucken, Germany. The three sisters and their young brother/sister are pictured with some toys. Note the ball and a book. The oldest girl is holding the youngest child. Three of the children have bows in their hair. The photographer is E. Marr. Marr is mentioned in the American Journal of Photography (1890).
A pretty woman poses for her portrait at the Gowdy Brothers Art Studio. The studio was located at 22 Chicago Street in Coldwater, Michigan. The subject of this photograph looks to be quite serious. Note the woman’s neckerchief. One of the Gowdy brothers is likely Albert G. Gowdy and a 1900 publication reports that the Gowdy Brothers studio was established in Coldwater in 1888 and that the studio was known nationally for its work producing photographic buttons and medallions.