UPDATE: The circumstances of this photograph is explained in the follow-up post on underbelly (the MdHS Library blog). Thanks to everyone who commented, shared the photo, etc.!
Help MdHS solve this photo mystery. We want to know what is happening in this photograph:
Detective room, Police Department ‘The White Masks’ inspecting a prisoner at detective headquarters
8x10 inch glass negative
Hughes Company Collection
Maryland Historical Society
I found this photograph in the Hughes Collection about a year ago. This is definitely the most disturbing photograph I’ve seen at MdHS. Being completely nonplussed, I started asking around about it - historians, journalists, etc. but no one had a definite answer but provided great speculations and observations.
Find out more about the photo on the MdHS Library Blog “underbelly”, created a post to help solve the mystery (“Masked Mystery” by Joe Tropea).