Alphonse Bertillon (1853-1914) Signaletic Instructions: including the theory and practice of anthropometrical identification. Werner Co., Chicago, 1896
Collection of the Frick Fine Arts Library, University of Pittsburgh Library System
The Bertillon System of Identification had its heyday in the United States starting around 1896, when Bertillon’s book Identification anthropométrique: Instructions signalétiques was translated into English by R.W. McClaughry, under the title Signaletic Instructions: Including the Theory and Practice of Anthropometrical Identification. The era ended with the onset of World War I in 1914, by which time fingerprinting had definitively taken over the job of identifying the criminal body.