Abandoned Suitcases Reveal Private Lives of Patients | From the 1910s through the 1960s, many patients at the Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane left suitcases behind when they passed away, with nobody to claim them. After learning of the Willard suitcases, Jon Crispin sought the museum’s permission to document each case and its contents.

Abandoned suitcases of insane asylum patients. Open suitcase with vintage family photos, clock and fork and knife.

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Haunted and haunting faces from early 20th century asylum inmates

Haunted and haunting faces from early 20th century asylum inmates

Tragic - the devoted nurse whose burns also left her mentally scarred // The tragic stories and haunted faces of the troubled men and women whose home was the Glamorgan County Lunatic Asylum - Wales Online

ECT was performed with no anesthesia. Just a rod between the teeth to bite on. Asylum

Patient, surrounded by men in white, receiving electric shock treatment Herbert Gehr, LIFE Magazine)

Typical of the 19th and early 20th century treatments for insanity that now seem unscientific or even bizarre was the wrapping of patients in wet sheets. They were then laid out in neat rows.

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Insane Asylum Patients-- because wrapping you like a mummy in wet sheets cures insanity.

Insane Asylum Patients | ... illness patient patients psychiatric hospital psychiatric hospitals

Female patients in Ohio Insane Asylum in / Hopefully things have changed tremendously since then for the better. Makes you wonder how many suffered from more than just their mental prison.

The Mississippi State Insane Asylum at Whitfield, Mississippi, had remained large in my consciousness while growing up. Ever once in a while I would overhear someone saying, "They took him to Whitfield". Needless to say, you seldom heard about them coming back.  No doubt the name is changed today to something like "The Mental Hygiene Center" or whatnot.

The Mississippi State Insane Asylum at Whitfield, Mississippi, had remained large in my consciousness while growing seldom heard about them coming back.

Dmytre, who owned this suitcase, is one of the few patients from Willard who is well known. He was committed in 1953 and stayed in the hospital for 24 years. He died in 2000  Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2338714/The-chilling-pictures-suitcases-left-New-York-insane-asylum-patients-locked-away-rest-lives.html#ixzz2W8N0rU3e  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

The chilling pictures of suitcases left in a New York insane asylum by patients who were locked away for the rest of their lives

Willard Asylum for the Insane Photographer Jon Crispin is cataloging each suitcase and opening a window into the lives - and the minds - of the people deemed too unwell to be allowed in society.

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