Oleo Gang


This prisoner, convicted of selling Oleomargarine, colored to look like butter, without paying the 10 cents per pound tax, were sentenced from one to five years at the Federal Prison in Leavenworth, Kansas. This item is the prison photograph, also known as the "mug shot," of Leavenworth inmate John L. McMonigle, register number 8468. McMonigle spent nearly a year in prison for violating the Oleomargarine Act of August 2, 1886. The photograph is divided into two parts. One side captures the inmate's right profile from the middle of the arm to the top of the head. The other side shows a frontal view from the middle of the chest to the top of the head.

National Archives - Central Plains Region (Kansas City, Missouri), Records of the Bureau of Prisons


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