Portraits of children of the nineteenth century, sentenced to hard labor and prison for petty theftPictolic
The color portraits of the 1870-ies, colored colorization expert Tom Marshall, the children look into the lens too hard and seriously. For minor crimes, such as theft of basic necessities (food and clothing), children were sentenced to hard labor or prison.
All children in these portraits, from poor families, their sentences vary depending on the severity of the crimes — from ten days hard labor for up to two months in prison.
Tom Marshall: "I make a color in archival photographs to enliven persons convicted children, whose life was hard and miserable. People can only imagine the terrible conditions in which got these children, and to imagine what they must have felt".
Thanks to these photos we can see real people who came from the lower strata of society and really struggled to survive.
Children's portraits were found during the demolition of the prison of Newcastle, UK.
Stephen Monahan, 14, sentenced for stealing money to 10 days hard labour and three years in a correctional facility, 1873.
Robert Charlton, 16, a worker, was sentenced to four months in prison for stealing two pairs of shoes.
Rose Watson, 13, was one of four girls who stole the iron. For this she was sentenced to hard labour.
John Reid, 15, for stealing money, sentenced to 14 days hard labor and five years in a correctional facility, 1873.
James Donnelly, 16 years prison sentence for stealing clothes.
James scullion, 13, was sentenced to 14 days hard labour for stealing clothes.
Ellen Woodmen, for stealing iron and was sentenced to hard labor.
Mary Hinnigan, 13, also theft of the iron.
Jane Farrell, 12 years old, for stealing shoes, was sentenced to 10 days hard labor.
14-year-old Henry Miller was sentenced to 14 days hard labour for stealing clothes.
Michael Clement Fisher was sent to prison at age 13 for trespassing in the house.
At age 14 Mary Catherine Docherty was sentenced to seven days hard labour for stealing iron.
12-year-old Henry Leonard Stephenson was sentenced to 2-month prison term for breaking into the house.