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Crime Museum: 1941

Crime Museum: 1941

March 1941. "A traveling side-show. 'Crime Museum,' consisting of dilapidated effigies of famous criminals run by an old, shell-shocked World War veteran. Near Fort Bragg, North Carolina." Acetate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.


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Bill Tillman wasn't an outlaw--he was a marshal. And I don't think Wild Bill Hickok was an outlaw either. And, as pointed out above, Leo Frank was an innocent victim.

Outlaws from start to finish

That "outlaw" list increases the creepiness, including as it does Sitting Bull, killed during an arbitrary arrest, and Leo Frank, innocent victim of a notorious lynching.

Joe Louis at least is separated from the outlaw group, though it's a mystery how somebody could "see" the reigning heavyweight champ in this conglomeration.

I'd pay 10 cents

just to see the Trailor Space.

Wonder What Exhibits are Inside

A very strange hastily set up montage of names and displays.

Why George Washington was considered is beyond me.

Electric meter ID

It's a General Electric I-14, produced from 1914 to 1927. This one has been converted to the socket type still used today, using a kit offered by Westinghouse for the purpose beginning in 1934.

Here's another GE meter from my collection, an I-16 from 1929, converted using a similar kit.

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