Historical Hottie: Bad Boy Thief

A 1902 mugshot of a good looking bad boy who was arrested at North Shields Police Station in England. I was in two minds whether to put him in the Historical Hottie or the Mugshot category (a grave decision indeed) but — look at that cheeky face — the epitome of Dead Cute, so he deserves to join the other beauties of yesteryear. I need to leave moral judgements out of the equation when choosing Historical Hotties — and perhaps the little darling only stole to feed his family or was motivated by some other noble desire. And he’s called James — my very favourite male name — I’ve never met a James I did not like. So, having navigated through this stringent qualifying procedure — almost scientific in its rigor — this charmer is in:

Source: Tyne and Wear collection

Historical Hotties: Robert Cornelius

Excuse me if you’ve seen this image before — and I’m sure this man is a number one candidate for Historical Hotties posts — but where my blogs go, so does this image of Mr Cornelius. I’m sure you’ll understand why.

Robert Cornelius took this self-portrait of in 1839 and it is thought to be one of the first ever photographs of a human (some sources suggest that this was not merely one of the first human photographs — but the very first).