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1908 San Francisco Mug Book

Mug Book: San Francisco Police Department, August 23, 1908 through April 23, 1909.  130 unnumbered pages, 232 announcements and reward posters, mostly half sheets and postcards, but including 25 full-page printed circulars, and 35 with tipped-in photographs.

Circulars arrived from Benicia, Berkley, Crockett, FairField, Hayward, Los Angeles, Madera, Martinez, Merced, Modesto, Napa, Oakland, Pasadena, Re Bluff, Redwood City, Sacramento, San Andreas, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, San Quentin, Santa Rosa, Selma, Stockton, Vallejo, Visalia, and Watsonville.

Most announced petty crimes, with rewards ranging from $5 to $200, with a $20 gold double eagle being common. Charges are: Assault to commit murder, burglary, desertion, dynamiting a home in Crockett, embezzlement, escaping jail, escaping mental hospital, forgery, grand larceny, highway robbery, kidnapping, missing man, murder, passing fictitious checks, robbery, runway boy, stealing horses, cattle, and buggies, safe cracking, and seduction, "a felony." 

What a slice of life they present! On the loss of 8 suits from a cleaners: "We suspect 2 to 4 young hobos, who may be wearing some of the clothes." Desertion: "Left here with a woman." Passing Fictitious Checks: "This man will be found around dance halls and houses of ill-fame." Similar: He "is heavy drinker and will be found drunk. Please pay attention to drunk men." Burglary: "Frequents pool rooms and bowling alleys. Is a dice shaker." Robbery: Owner fired a cheap .22 caliber revolver though a glass door at the robber 5 inches away." As the small bullets had to penetrate the glass first, the wounds may not be very severe." A Contra Costa Highwayman: "Drinks and smokes; has tended bar in San Francisco on the Barbary Coast and has been a piano player at Tom Harvey's dance hall, on Pacific Street. Sometimes plays mandolin and has been at sea." A forger accompanied by "a small blond woman:" He has a "pinkish, sallow complexion; stooped in left shoulder; shifty peculiar expression; subject to fainting spells; and summation: He is "an all around bad man." Dimensions: 10 by 12 inches.  Processing and shipping in the continental U.S.  $32.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance. 

Condition:

Loose separating binding. Toning. Missing outside binding. Wear and losses to edges of covers. Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the terms and conditions. Please be advised that we do not provide porters nor packing material for pick ups.

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,708
05/29/2019

 

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