Photographer Camilo José Vergara studied the South Bronx and Lower East Side during a period of economic stagnation.

The streets of 1970s New York City: A decade of urban decay

Photographer Camilo José Vergara studied the South Bronx and Lower East Side during a period of economic stagnation.

Houses on the Edge

Houses on the Edge

Autopsy Theater, St. Elizabeth's Hospital Washington, D.C., 2005

The Haunting Beauty of Abandoned Psychiatric Hospitals

Without the use of paints, Portuguese artist Alexandre Vhils sculpts expressive faces on the walls of dilapidated buildings. Lisbon.

Without the use of paints, Portuguese artist Alexandre Vhils sculpts expressive faces on the walls of dilapidated buildings. Lisbon.

A 700-year-old home in Iran

A 700-year-old home in Iran

کندوان Kandovan (also spelled Candovan[citation needed]) is a tourist village in the province of East Azarbaijan, near Osku and Tabriz, Iran. Its fame is due to its troglodyte Some of the houses are at least 700 years old and are still inhabited.

Letter to my husband, circa 1909, Emma Hauck while in a psychiatric hospital. She wrote over and over "Sweetheart come." Included in "Letters of Note" a collection of 125 of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters, due to be published October 24th 2013.

Letter to my husband, circa 1909, Emma Hauck while in a psychiatric hospital. She wrote over and over "Sweetheart come." Included in "Letters of Note" a collection of 125 of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters, due to be published October 24th 2013.

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