May 3, 2013
Kamloops, B.C. - Arresting Images showcases a collection of 100 criminal photo cards or mug shots from the late 19th to early 20th century. Compiled from the records of the Niagara Ontario Police, these images of criminals and suspects form a fascinating record of early criminal history and policing methods. Each mug shot is complete with physical descriptions and a description of the crime, or misdemeanour, the subject was charged with.
Arresting Images shows a little-known side of late-Victorian Canada, where policing methods were undergoing radical changes and the face of crime was being systematically catalogued and documented. Compelling and completely original, Arresting Images is a thought-provoking and instructive look at a subject that still preoccupies us today.
The Kamloops Museum will supplement Arresting Images with artifacts from its own collection, detailing the criminal career of the notorious Bill Miner and that of lawman William Fernie.
The exhibit will run from May to September. The public is invited to attend the opening reception of this exhibit on May 23rd, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Kamloops Museum and Archives. Speeches and formalities will take place at 5:30 pm.
Arresting Images: Mug Shots from the OPP Museum was produced by the Ontario Provincial Police Museum and was the recipient of an Award of Excellence from the Ontario Museums Association.
More information is available at www.kamloops.ca/museum/exhibits/.
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Melissa Baker, Museum Educator
City of Kamloops