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Anna Labelle, alias Mme Emile Beauchamp, tenanciere, 1939


Anna Labelle, alias Mme Emile Beauchamp, tenanciere, 1939



Last arrested in 1939, Anna Labelle, described as the most powerful madam in Montreal during World War II, regularly arrived at the courthouse in a Cadillac and mink fur. –
Français : Anna Labelle, alias Mme Émile Beauchamp, tenancière, 1939.
« Anna Labelle, alias Mme Émile Beauchamp, la tenancière la plus puissante de Montréal pendant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale. Arrêtée pour la dernière fois en 1939, elle se rend par la suite régulièrement au palais de justice dans sa Cadillac, emmitouflée dans un vison, pour libérer ses gérantes. La petite histoire dit qu'elle reçoit chaque semaine des policiers dans sa riche demeure du 219 Sherbrooke ouest pour planifier les descentes à venir. »

A mug shot or mugshot is a photographic portrait of a person from the waist up, typically taken after a person is arrested made with a purpose to have a photographic record for identification purposes by victims, the public and investigators. A typical mug shot is two-part, with one side-view, and one front-view. The paired arrangement may have been inspired by the 1865 prison portraits taken by Alexander Gardner of accused conspirators in the Lincoln assassination trial, though Gardner's photographs were full-body portraits with only the heads turned for the profile shots. The earliest mugshot photos of prisoners may have been taken in Belgium in 1843 and 1844. In the UK, the police of London started taking mugshots in 1846. By 1857, the New York City Police Department had a gallery where daguerreotypes of criminals were displayed.

Montreal has made itself known worldwide with its budding sex culture. In the most liberal province of the already liberal Canada, it has often been compared to Amsterdam by more than one objective critic. Montreal's red-light district, which began as a necessary evil to protect innocent girls from the dangers of lusty sailors, is as much of a long-standing Montreal tradition as its smoked meat, bagels and poutine. Historically, several factors have lead to the trend of traveling to Montreal to get down and groovy.





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