Rare Original F.B.I John Dillinger Wanted Poster – 1934
Item # CC-0228: Rare Original F.B.I John Dillinger Wanted Poster – 1934
Description: This is a rare and original John Dillinger wanted poster printed by the U.S. Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Investigation on March, 12th, 1934.
John Dillinger was an infamous gangster and bank robber during the Great Depression. He led the Dillinger Gang, which was accused of robbing 24 banks and four police stations. Dillinger was imprisoned several times and escaped twice. He was charged with but not convicted of the murder of an East Chicago, Indiana, police officer, who shot Dillinger in his bullet-proof vest during a shootout.
Dillinger courted publicity and the media ran exaggerated accounts of his bravado and colorful personality, casting him as a latter day Robin Hood.
After evading police in four states for almost a year, Dillinger was wounded and went to his father’s home to recover. He returned to Chicago in July 1934 and sought refuge in a brothel owned by Ana Cumpănaș, who later informed authorities of his whereabouts. On July 22, 1934, local and federal law-enforcement officers closed in on Dillinger while he was watching a moivie at the Biograph Theater. When agents moved in to arrest Dillinger, he tried to flee and was shot in the back.
This wanted poster lists in detail Dillinger’s physical description as well as his criminal record.
The poster size is just under 8” wide x 8” tall and the frame dimensions are 13-3/4″ wide x 14-1/4″ tall.
Condition: The face of the poster shows a very small light stain at the far left bottom finger print and a very light stain on the right margin. The reverse is not visible in the frame.
This piece doesn’t have any rips, tears or repairs and the typical center fold is visible. Overall quality is very good. Please review the images carefully for condition and contact us with any questions.
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