A page of the original Aliens Act of 1905

A page of the original Aliens Act of 1905

Alien Order Act 17, Section 3

Date(s)
December 1920
In December of 1920, Act 17, Section 3 of the Alien Order Act was passed. This act equipped police officers with the power of photographing any alien. The photograph requirements and camera were not standardized at the time, though they did require the alien’s full-face to be exposed, and her or his head had to be uncovered (Tagg 1988).
Sources
"20th Century London." The Aliens Act of 1905. Accessed December 11, 2015. http://www.20thcenturylondon.org.uk/jml-1983-346-2-p55-58.
Tagg, John. The Burden of Representation: Essays on Photographies and Histories. Amherst: U of Massachusetts, 1988. Print.
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