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Digging for gold in our community collections: Round Three!

Yep- it’s time for another one of these posts where I pick out some of our lovely community collections to show you again.

This time, I’ve chosen to tell you about a collection that is very special to me, as it was the first-ever collection that I catalogued! 429 more words

November 18th & 19th, 1873

“11th mo. 18th, Raining. Took street cars to Blind Asylum. Spent some time in school rooms. Thence to the Penitentiary. Saw the prisoners pass to dinner and commence meals. 127 more words

Escape To Alcatraz

All images © Spiral Light Photography

Alcatraz prison was once the toughest prison in the U.S. Federal Penitentiary system. The Rock, as it had been nicknamed was considered escape-proof, being housed on Alcatraz Island, approximately 2 kilometers off of the coast of San Francisco. 724 more words


Masquerade Party at the Pen

Dress for a cocktail party with strong dose of mystery. The annual fundraiser ‘Party at the Pen’ occurs every May at Philadelphia’s beloved abandoned prison, Eastern State Penitentiary. 116 more words


Gargoyle of the Day: Eastern State Penitentiary, Pennsylvania

I probably should have saved this one for closer to Halloween, but I just couldn’t wait because it’s almost too good to be true. This very threatening-looking, shackled gargoyle can be found on the exterior of the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 147 more words


Jack Boyle on Death Row?

While it’s no secret that Jack Boyle was incarcerated a number of times during his life (even writing his earliest Boston Blackie stories from a prison cell), no sources suggest that he was ever party to a violent crime.   173 more words

Boston Blackie

The Drug’s Prisoners were Pretty

In the quarantine room, I saw drug inmates were beautiful and sexy. Ever stayed in drug detention cell of Jakarta Metropolitan Regional Police, Pondok Bambu Detention Center and Tangerang Women’s Penitentiary made me familiar with drug prisoners. 544 more words