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a drawing of a large building in the middle of a park
The Iowa Hospital for the Insane , Independence, IA, 1875, Unknown
The Iowa Hospital for the Insane , Independence, IA Unknown, architect(s). From the American Architect and Building News, 1875. 7.25 by 5 inches. VG+ condition with light browning along the edges and some light crinkling. Hand-colored Original Plan. This picture is extremely hard to find, as the Andreus Atlas not only had a very small circulation during that time, but very few were actually preserved or colored as this has been. It measures 7.25 by 5 inches. Has a mat border and foam core backin
two men standing next to each other in front of an old fashioned radio with a wheel
19th and 20th century psychiatry: 22 rare photos
This photo shows a man receiving static sparks to the spine for psychosis from tabes dorsalis, a degenerative nerve condition brought on by syphilis
an old photo of a woman standing in front of a crowd
19th and 20th century psychiatry: 22 rare photos
This 1920s photograph shows an opera singer performing at a New York City mental hospital for a sound therapy session. Psychiatrists hypothesized that certain sounds would have therapeutic effects on patients.
a group of women standing around each other in a room
19th and 20th century psychiatry: 22 rare photos
Dancing gave patients in the asylum something to look forward to - a way to express themselves physically in an otherwise restrained environment
an old black and white photo of many women sitting in a room with long tables
19th and 20th century psychiatry: 22 rare photos
This twentieth century image shows a "class of deteriorated patients" sewing at Utica State Hospital
an assortment of old items are displayed on a white surface with black and white writing
19th and 20th century psychiatry: 22 rare photos
This photograph shows restraints that were deemed "outmoded" by New York State in the late 1930s - iron handcuffs, muffs, wrist/body restraints, and ankle bands. New York was one of the first states to outlaw certain types of restraints. In 1933, the N.Y. State Department of Mental Hygiene created a code for restraint, which put a two hour cap on continuous restraint, and a three hour cap on seclusion time.
an old time clock sitting on top of a wooden box next to a metal door
19th and 20th century psychiatry: 22 rare photos
This chair was used to control violent patients at the New York State asylum in the early 20th century. An unruly patient's arms were strapped into the wooded wells, feet secured to the floor, and a belt tied around the body - sometimes a patient's head was covered with a hood
an old black and white photo of people laying on the floor in a room with bunk beds
Sunland Mental Hospital, Orlando, FL
an old black and white photo of people in a room
Texas State Lunatic Asylum | Indians, Insanity, and American History Blog
Cherokee State Lunatic Asylum | patients sewing. Early 1900's. Most insane asylums tried to use patient labor as a way of holding down costs, or as a sort of occupational therapy.
an old black and white photo of people sitting at a table in a living room
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Parlor-women's dorm State Hospital
a long hallway with rows of beds in it
Dunning, A ‘Tomb For The Living’
This February 1947 photo, taken inside the Chicago State Hospital, shows the poorly ventilated, narrow and congested hallways where some patients slept. (Chicago Daily News photo, Chicago History Museum, ICHi-16073)
an old black and white photo of several people in a room with checkered floor
Willard Asylum for the chronically insane
black and white photograph of men in lab coats standing around a table with several pots on it
Traverse City State Hospital (Historic Asylums) - Historic Photos
Insane Asylums Mental Hospitals | Traverse City State Hospital (Historic Asylums) - Historic Photos