The Eerie Innards of America's Abandoned Sanitariums
Crumbling, abandoned American mental asylums from the early 20th century—like the one in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest—aren’t places most of us would want to hang out. Photographer Jeremy Harris, on the other hand, has been going out of his way to explore and document their spooky ruins for almost 10 years. “I just […]
"Bedlam 1946: Most U.S. Mental Hospitals are a Shame and a Disgrace" by Albert Q. Maisel in LIFE Magazine via Google Books (full text) This is important to know about the history of the treatment of mental illness.
Decorated Veteran of the Army of Little Girls
theopheliagallery: “ The Lunatic Ball was an event often held by the Victorian Asylum system. The doctors would dress the patients up and sell tickets to rich folk to come and spend an evening dancing...
Strangers to Reason: LIFE Inside a Psychiatric Hospital, 1938
Alfred Eisenstaedt's photos from Pilgrim State Hospital in the late 1930s blended clear-eyed reporting with an almost palpable compassion.
Harrowing portraits from Victorian lunatic asylum
These haunting portraits captured by Dr Hugh Welch Diamond between 1848 and 1858 give an insight into the lives of the women forced to live out their years at Suffolk County Lunatic Asylum.
16 Creepy Mugshots of 1800’s Insane Asylum Patients
Mental institutions became more common in the 1600s and 1700s. Read on for more history of mental health institutions from their very crude beginnings.