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photos wapoWashington Post, January 28, 1917. Sweeping the streets in shackles is also pretty lenient by contemporary standards–elsewhere wife-beaters were routinely flogged. The use of photos to shame offenders sounds very modern: here in Chicago it’s used against johns arrested for soliciting prostitutes ( Though since the data on display includes the address where the arrest went down, the website doubles as an informal directory of the city’s open-air flesh markets.


  1. Silly me, when I read the headline, I thought they found photos taken BY wife beaters and were going to develop the film.

  2. I actually thought they were going to rip the wife beaters’ film out of the camera without developing it.

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