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Asylum Life- Salons

Most asylums and state institutions (and sanatoriums) were fitted with beauty parlors for the patients, helping create a healing environment and giving the patients some freedom in their appearance, despite clothing very often being supplied by the hospital itself. Finding hairdryer and barber chairs in hospitals is fairly common, and I’ve always smiled at finding these varied relics. It’s a breath of fresh air to be reminded of the humanism in a lot of these locations, so often bogged down by the more sensational stories of abuse. Most asylums were self sufficient, with carpentry and sewing rooms, teaching basic skills alongside reducing the cost on maintaining these publically funded institutions, so it would make sense that they would also provide salons

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Maryland State Sanatorium

Located high in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western Maryland, the former Maryland State Sanatorium has in recent years become the Victor Cullen Youth Center, a juvenile detention facility that has been riddled with escapes and alleged abuse. The center repurposed the former tuberculosis hospital’s cottage plan to house juvenile offenders, though the Administration building remains empty. Filled with ample porches and windows overlooking the surrounding mountains, as this was thought to be curative for patients suffering from tuberculosis, even the roads up to the facility are impressively steep. The old stone buildings at the very peak of the range can be seen from the base in the surrounding town of Sabillasville.

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