Finger Prints, Secret Service, Crime Detection by T. G. Cooke

My mother sent me this little book as a gift – Finger Prints, Secret Service, Crime Detection by T. G. Cooke, published in 1934 by the Finger Print Publishing Association. Right here in Chicago, too!

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Fingerprinting was pretty new, and kind of a big deal at the time here. This book goes on about the virtues and benefits of the technique. It’s meant to show off how great the police, FBI, and government are, as well as scare away children from becoming crooks by demonstrating that the cops always get their guy. I love old stuff with this kind of earnestly pro-G-Man tone.

Cool art, too:

fingerprints book art

I love it when people find old books like this and think of me.