Amazing! Need to add to my must see list! Staircase in Western State Hospital. Called Western State Lunatic Asylum in its early years, it was a hospital for the mentally ill in Staunton, Virginia, which admitted its first patient on July 24, 1828. This building was vacated in the 1970s & is being turned into condos.
Huff Post's "underrated" U.S. writing programs.
USA Today's best American colleges for writers
50 unexplainable black and white photos
Sincerely, Mabel Normand,1910s
"In all-female surroundings, a culture of romantic pursuit was fostered in women's colleges. Older students mentored younger ones, called on them socially, took them to all-women dances, and sent them flowers, cards, and poems that declared their undying love for each other. These were called "smashes" or "spoons", and they were written about quite frankly in stories for girls aspiring to at attend college in publications such as Ladies Home Journal without negative views." (Thanks J.Rebecca)
ca. 1860, [portrait of two ladies with spoons]
c. 1901 -- co-ed? note her bicycle -- she is independently mobile, too