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From The Archive: Fascinating Photos Of 1930s Gangster Culture

From The Archive: Fascinating Photos Of 1930s Gangster Culture image

From The Archive: Fascinating Photos Of 1930s Gangster Culture

This collection of black and white portraits documents the colorful characters of American gangsters back in the Great Depression.

This particular line-up of rascals includes household name like Al Capone and Bonnie Parker as well as plenty of machine guns and gangster getaway cars. These photos document the fashion and lifestyle that went along with the gangster persona back in the 1930s.

Not unlike the modern gangster persona, these old school criminals had a tasted for luxury and seemed to live oddly glamorous lives.

The most interesting thing about these photos is the inclusion of more personal moments. Not only will you see gangsters posing with their crew, you'll also notice shots of their families and favorite restaurant haunts, too.

A young man posing as a masked gunman, circa 1930:



Full-length portrait of American criminal Bonnie Parker (1910 – 1934) smoking a cigar while leaning on the front fender of a car and holding a pistol on April 17, 1933:



Photo shows Inspector Frank S. Burke, Right, Chief of Detectives, explaining the new weapons to some of his men, left to right, Detectives O. S. Hunt, Thomas Nally, John Apostolides, Robert Barret, Joseph Shinon, Hoyle Secrest, George Darnell and Inspector Burke in Washington, DC on October 19, 1935:



An armored vehicle surrounded by Chicago cops at the time of the American depression, 1933:



A group of men in suits and hats are obscured by the smoke from the guns, including Thompson submachine guns, shotguns, and revolvers, that they are firing in a shrub land, USA, 1930s:



American gangster Al Capone (“Scarface”) (1899 – 1947) relaxes in his vacation home, Miami, Florida, 1930. Capone smokes a cigar and wears a striped dressing gown and slippers:



Alcatraz Island, Mae Capone, Al Capone wife, in 1945:



This sawed-off shotgun was carried in a violin case to the Port Newark National Bank in Newark, NJ on February 28, 1930. Three gunmen – determined to seize $25,000 – staged a wild west gun battle at the entrance of the bank in the center of the city, at 10:45 A.M. Osie Danneman, a black messenger for the bank, was the hero, saving $25,000. Photo shows the violin-cased sawed-off shotgun:



Police and Fireman’s Day display of a gangster’s car riddled by Thompson machine guns for ten seconds on September 24, 1930:



Primed for warfare, Chicago gangsters forced police to equip themselves with miniature arsenals to cope with gang wars. Deputy Chief Stege (right) hands out machine guns to detectives while Chief of Detectives Shoemaker (fourth from left) looks on, January 09, 1927:



Lieutenant William Shoemacher stands and aims a Thompson machine gun, or tommy gun, Chicago, 1926. The gun, developed for World War I, was very popular with gangsters due to its high rate of fire. From the Chicago Daily News collection:



Edwin C. Arthur stands in the center of a collection of containers of moonshine taken during a South Side raid in Chicago, Illinois, 1922. From the Chicago Daily News collection:



Police officers look over distilling equipment and guns confiscated during a Prohibition raid, Chicago, ca.1920s:



The body of noted gang chief Frankie Yale, who was born Francesco Ioele, lies beside his automobile at 44th Street, after Yale was shot to death from a pursuing automobile on July 02, 1928. Yale’s car crashed into a house and he was thrown out of the car:



Body of John (Aces) Mazza lies in front of 17 First Ave. after dying in a gangster’s duel on February 21, 1931:



George (Bugsy) Moran, Chicago gangster, on trial at Waukegan, Illinois on December 11, 1930. Charged with vagrancy, he is being named one of Chicago’s “Public Enemies”. Vehemently denied in court the charges, and declared himself a business man. His wife was with him in court and was twice in tears during the arguments:



War veterans, members of a civilian organization for the suppression of crime, leading gangsters to the police station following their arrest in the United States in 1932:



A car riddled with bullet holes belonging to New-York gangsters, in 1933. After a police chase, the criminals were arrested by policemen who had fired a hundred shots at their car:



Italian-American mafioso Frank Frigenti sitting at a table in a restaurant. Italy, 1950s:



A man raises a stake to beat a drunken man sitting on a pier with a beer bottle, 1940s:



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