Bertillon Measurements

You've probably heard of the Bertillon System, one of those discredited "scientific" theories detailing how body measurements indicated racial and/or criminal aspects of a person.

Well, here's how the NYC Police Department went about securing Bertillon measurements, circa 1908--courtesy of the George Bain Collection at the Library of Congress.

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     Posted By: Paul - Fri Feb 06, 2009
     Category: Crime | Fads | Science | Anthropology | Experiments | Stereotypes and Cliches | 1900s





Comments
People with shor legs are killers! Killers, I tell ya!
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 02/06/09 at 12:28 PM
Dare I mention the Chattanooga ladies as living proof of this oft maligned science?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/06/09 at 12:35 PM
Looks like that guy is getting measured for his cross.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 02/06/09 at 12:36 PM
Sorry kingmonkey, I've always felt ladies with long legs are killer.
Posted by DownCrisis on 02/06/09 at 12:36 PM
Cougar Allen--perhaps it's wrong to tar Bertillon with all the subsequent sins of anthropometry. Let's just say his work was perverted, then, for such purposes.
Posted by Paul on 02/06/09 at 01:02 PM
Sounds like this was a good way of determining repeat offenders. Before fingerprints they didn't have much else to rely on.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 02/06/09 at 01:06 PM
psudo-science used to further a racist agenda, lovely.
btw tall people suck! and i'm not sayin' that just 'cus i'm short either. 😠
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/06/09 at 05:28 PM
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