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September 29, 1937. Washington, D.C. "Death masks displayed at identification convention. Mrs. Clark Schilder, wife of the Chief of the Division of Identification, Federal Bureau of Investigation, inspects a death mask of a trapped criminal at the annual convention of the International Association Identification which opened here today. Death masks of criminals are now being generally used by police bureaus throughout the country for identification purposes." View full size.