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30,000 Archived NYPD Photos Are Heading Online

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Feeling a bit ghoulish? You may, then, be in the mood to riffle through an archive of 30,000 NYPD crime photos that are about to go online.

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The photos, which were all taken between 1914 and 1975, are being released as part of a larger project to digitise some 2.2 million photos, audio files and videos held by the New York City Municipal Archives. 

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The small sample of black-and-white pictures previewed on HyperAllergic shows mostly crime scenes that looked ripped from old detective movies, but there are also others like an eerie image of a doll sitting alone on a murder victim's bed (we are 90 per cent sure the doll did it).

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Or a burning of 'indecent' books outside Manhattan Police Headquarters in 1935. 

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In fact, it seems most of the images have a story to tell. But might we recommend not viewing them late at night so as to avoid nightmares, especially if there are creepy dolls anywhere in the house. 

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(Images: New York City Municipal Archives)

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