From At the end of last year, a French-language web site called La boite verte (green box) posted a series of extraordinary mug shots of criminals or crime suspects taken by the police department of Sydney, Australia in the first three decades of the 20th Century. The images are shot in what seems to be essentially an excellent natural light studio somewhere in an Australian jail or jails (cell bars are visible in the background of some images), and they’re quite beautiful black-and-white portraits of an array of fascinating characters in period street clothing.