Push My (Death Row) Buttons (2014)

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Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The door release controls for cells on Eastern Penitentiary’s death row. Cellblock 15 (death row) was the last section of the prison built and while nobody was ever executed at Eastern, this area housed some of the most violent of prisoners away from the general population.

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View from the Table (2014)

 

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Eastern, unlike most prisons of the day, had its own operating room within the penitentiary walls. In addition to electric lighting, the room had a ceiling which allowed natural light to illuminate the patient on the operating table.

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Mopping Up Crime (2014)

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Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Along one of the many hallways at Eastern was this row of mops – probably at one time one for each spot in the rack, so that the guards could tell if any were missing.

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Big and Bright (2014)

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Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

While most of the cells were uniformly small and dark, this one seems to have been designed with a very different setup for the toilet and heating pipes…perhaps a special place for prison trustees who could write home and boast of living in a “double-wide”…

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Bow Down Before Me (2014)

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Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The small doors to each cell (about 1 meter tall) were designed so that as the convict passed through, they would have to bow their head in deference to God above.

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