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In Paris, Alphonse Bertillon developed an early form of police classification called Bertillonage. The thought behind the method was, if records were kept of measurements of the body along with a photograph of the person, then each person in the world would have a unique, processable identification record. There were eleven Berilonage measurements:
- Stretch: Length of body from left shoulder to right middle finger when arm is raised
- Bust: Length of torso from head to seat, taken when seated
- Length of head: Crown to forehead
- Width of head: Temple to temple
- Length of right ear
- Length of left foot
- Length of left middle finger
- Length of left cubit: Elbow to tip of middle finger
- . Width of cheeks
- Length of left little finger.
These measurements were recorded along with eye color, hair color, etc. on a card that was then filed. The system only lasted twenty years before it was abandoned, due to the unwieldy nature of the archive.
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