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Old Mugshots

Found these online. There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the drop in the age of puberty. Kids are growing up (in the absolute physical sense,) earlier.

Maybe it is better diet, maybe exposure to light, nobody is really sure. It has dropped several years in the past 100.

Looking at these old photos, I am struck by how young the kids look. Probably this group is pre-selected for poor diet, they do not appear to be children of the affluent. But if the ages are correct, they would look a lot more grown up today. What do you guys think? I am thinking that my age of sail, age of Marlowe kids may have looked kid-like longer than I am calibrated for.

There is one very strange study out there that says that a girl who lives in the same house with her biological father will have later onset menarche than a girl who does not. That is one of those weird findings you just want to poke at until the facts make sense, so strange.

http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/childrens-mugshots-from-the-1870s/

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wellinghall
Dec. 12th, 2013 07:30 pm (UTC)
Is there a link?
Ah, now I see it!

Edited at 2013-12-12 07:42 pm (UTC)
kcwarwick
Dec. 12th, 2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
These would all have been poor children who stole because they had nothing, not because they thought it was a cool thing to do. Some of them do look very young, and it makes me want to weep. What possible good can these sentences have done? In some ways, they probably had to grow up more quickly than today's children, simply in order to survive.
eglantine_br
Dec. 12th, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
Yes. They look so small and pitiful, huddled there. They look cold. They have small bodies and old eyes, don't they?
sabrinaphynn
Dec. 13th, 2013 03:49 am (UTC)
:(
yes, they look so young.
Reminds me of the Baker Street Irregulars.
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