What I didn’t realize is that these gates surround a massive, 600 acre insane asylum from the 1920’s – and nearly all of it abandoned.
This is the Rockland County Psychiatric Center, built in 1927, and “sprawling” does not do it justice.
…made me feel I should be driving an old jalopy to pick up my buddy Norman Bates from his weekly session.
Very few places I’ve been to have offered such an all-encompassing out-of-time experience as simply driving down this long, snow-covered road past boarded up buildings: I couldn’t stop thinking of questions: how many thousands of patients had passed through Rockland Psych during its operation?
How many had been subjected to primitive, often barbaric treatments like electroshock and lobotomization, both of which were employed at Rockland as “state-of-the-art”?
Thanks in large part to Kodak’s introduction of a folding pocket camera, the No.With photography enthusiast showing an increased interest in photo postcards, they are getting into the hands of people who appreciate them as wonderful photographs and as important documents of American life.A number of the collectors I met plan to give their collections to museums, others know their value and protect and preserve them with the intention of passing them on to others who value them as they do." Marty Weil, a freelance journalist based in Charlotte, NC, is the creative force behind ephemera, a blog that explores the world of old paper.RPPCs take a little practice in distinguishing from mass-produced, commercially printed postcard of the same era. RPPCs may or may not have a white border (or a divided back) or other features of a standard postcard. And many current RPPCs are merely reproductions of earlier historic photographs.