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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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Ellis Island’s North Side: Baggage & Dormitory Building

The north side of Ellis Island was the original side, consisting of 3.3 acres though it was later expanded between 1890 and 1897, much as the south side was constructed by creating more land using ship ballast. The tide of immigrants seeking entry to the United States increased rapidly in the early 20th century, and as such the south side was later constructed, as referenced in my earlier post covering the South Side.

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Green Corridors

A short update while I bring more posts over from my older blog, a juxtaposition of two corridors from two places states away.

Steam tunnel, Overbrook State Hospital, New Jersey

Glass brick breezeway, asylum in Massachusetts

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