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Mary Ann Ironside.<br />
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A gallery of incredible Victorian photographs that show some of the first ever mug shots to be taken has emerged at Dorset History Centre.<br />
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The images date back to the mid 19th century when the concept of photography was still being launched after the invention of the camera.<br />
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Police realised they could use the new technology to their advantage and take pictures to help them recognise repeat offenders.<br />
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After some time it became the norm and eventually compulsory for criminals to be photographed after they were arrested.<br />
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An archive of images that originated from the Dorset County Gaol - later to be known as Dorchester Prison - have now come to light.