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19 Eye-Opening Photos Of Prisoners From History  

Garri Chaverst
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What comes to mind when you hear the word prisoner? It might be a criminal wearing a black-and-white-striped jumpsuit, or - for fans of Orange is the New Black - a woman wearing an orange one. Throughout history, though, black-and-white-striped uniforms weren't always common. In fact, only two of the photos you'll find here include prisoners in that stereotypical garb. 

Historical photos of prisoners show us more than just how prison uniforms have changed; they give us a glimpse of how prisoners spent their free time, what prisons looked like, and what the prisoners themselves looked like. Here, you'll find photos of Hitler and Stalin from their time behind bars, a suffragist in the first moments following her release, a demise-dealing dog, a presidential harm-doer, and more that might just challenge your preconceived notions of historical prisons.

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Pep, Sentenced To Life In Prison For Slaying The Pennsylvania Governor's Cat, 1924
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Photo: u/kirbyfood/Reddit
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Mothers Walking With Their Children In The Exercise Yard Of Wormwood Scrubs Prison In London, 1890
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Photo: u/Quouar/Reddit
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Prisoners Knitting In Sing Sing Prison, New York, 1915
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Photo: Underwood & Underwood/Library of Congress/Fair use
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Prisoners At Joliet Prison In Illinois, "Celebrating" July 4th, C. 1890
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