Walter Redman, OSR 2161, 12/2/04, ink, photographs, cards, 5.875 x 6.5 inches
R.U. Hastings, Bertillon Officer (n.d.)
Collection of the Ohio History Connection
Mr. Redman, a river boatman, was convicted of robbery in Adams County, Ohio. He was blind in his left eye, with a gray (or white) pupil. He had a tattoo on his arm of a dagger. Especially noteworthy here is that Mr. Redman’s fingerprint encoding has been written on the back of his card, recognizable as two rows of alphanumeric characters beginning with a large number “19” and a parenthesis. This exact technique for indexing fingerprints is known as the Henry Classification System, which shares its heritage with the methods of Sir Francis Galton.