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Asylum This Asylum does not specialize in one sort of crazy. They take people who either have no one left to take care of them and they are crazy or who are crazy and no one wants to take care of them. This was a patient in the same room with the man we came to see.

1890 - Nellie Bly; Journalist; worked for the New York World; she took an undercover assignment to investigate reports of brutality & neglect at Women's Lunatic Asylum, Blackwell's Island (now, Roosevelt Island) by straatis, via Flickr

Photo of Caroline Nightinggale, an Insane Asylum Patient, Who Believed Her Husand Had a Family With a Different Woman Other Than Herself, British, 1875

Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum New York World 1887 Nellie Bly (real name Elizabeth Jane Cochran, above) was a 23-year-old journalist without a job when she walked into the offices of Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World in 1887 and was given the daunting assignment of exposing the horrors of the Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum. She rehearsed feverishly. She played mad. “Undoubtedly demented… a hopeless case,” said one of the doctors who admitted her. But i...

Walking Sticks left in the Boiler Room at Hellingly Asylum - Closed 1994 to the living....

Left Behind Abandoned asylum.

"It was the summer of 1905. At the races in Auteuil (near Paris) a woman appeared wearing trousers in public for the first time. Her name is unknown, but this is a picture of her. Police men had to protect her against the curiosity and outrage of the crowd. "

Reasons to get admitted to a 19th century mental asylum. Basically being a woman that your family wanted out of the way. And novel reading.