I love looking at the grittier side of the past, and not just the less that starlet quality fashions, but history and especially criminal history. Going even deeper into that branch of interest is women in crime, because it's just not something you hear about too much.
These Australian women were arrested between 1915-1930 when these photos were taken. Their crimes ranged from theft, prostitution, murder, swindling, and public drunkenness.
The quality of these shots is incredible, many of the women have expressionless faces, but a few have a hint of a smirk or glare. Considering the poverty background of these individuals I wouldn't be surprised if a mugshot was the only photo some of them would ever pose for.
Of course the clothing also catches my eye, not just in an appealing way, but because they're so riddled with imperfections. They're not the beaded silk dresses and elaborate deco coats we're used to seeing, they're dresses are wrinkled, their collars wilted, and their furs worn.