1930s NOIR CRIME SCENE and MORGUE PHOTO ALBUM - AKRON, OHIO
These mid 1930s morgue and accident/crime scene photos have a Weegee-esque feel about them and show bullet wounds, car accidents, Police with suspects and even some gruesome autopsy photos. There are a total of 100 photos, including fifty photos that are linen backed with a three-hole punch on the left side and are held in a 9” x 12” album. The first word on the album cover is scratched out, with the rest reading "Studio, Akron, Ohio." The front cover is detached. The other fifty are loose and include forty-eight 8” x 10” photos, one 7” x 9” photo and one 5” x 7” of the photographer’s hands, which comes in an envelope that says “Russ Carrier’s hands – caused by exploding flare.”
The photos date to the mid 1930s, and many have back stamps for Ad-Art Photo Studios in Akron, Ohio and several are credited to “G. Russell Carrier.”
Glen Russell Carrier (1874 – 1975) was a WWI flying ace and a Hollywood Cinematographer who worked in Hollywood in the 1920s. Part of his obituary reads: “A pioneer in film photography and was founder of General Pictures and Carrier Film Production and a former photographer for Hal Roach Studios and Disney Studios of Hollywood, Calif. Also, a former news photographer for CBS, NBC and ABC, for official photographer for REO Motor Car Co. and an official photographer for American Commision for Relief in near East in 1919……”
Some of the photos are identified on the verso, and some within the negative. You can almost hear a Police siren in the background as your page through this remarkable lot of photographs.