Surprising Facts about Fingerprinting » Fingerprint records, 1924

Fingerprint records. 1920s application of fingerprinting technology to administer the bonus scheme established in the USA for World War I veterans. This scheme arose from the World War Adjusted Compensation Act of May 1924, which resulted in over 3 million military service certificates issued to a combined value (at the time) of over 3 billion US dollars. Research into fingerprinting developed throughout the 19th century. Its applications became widespread during the 20th century, ranging from forensics to identification systems. Photographed on 24 November 1924, in the Fingerprint Division of the Bonus Bureau, Washington DC, USA.

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