The Convicts of McNeil Island Penitentiary Part 2

This is part 2 of the very unusual McNeil Island mugshots from the 1890s-1906. As you’ve seen, McNeil Island Penitentiary tended to photograph men in pairs, wearing their striped prisoner clothing, and with their name and prison number scribbled on the back. But there were a few mugshots that did not fit this profile. Or…

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The Convicts of McNeil Island Penitentiary

Mugshot March continues with a special double-header! Most people who follow this blog know of my great interest in mug shots, but these are special. Near Steilacoom, Washington, on McNeil Island in the Puget Sound, a prison was opened in 1875. This was the McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary, with space for 853 prisoners.   McNeil was…

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The Serpentine: Loie Fuller

Loie Fuller is a turn-of-the-century dancer whose name stands apart. She is often coupled with the great Isadora Duncan, who was also an experimental dancer, but Loie Fuller was first. Fuller is most closely associated with Art Nouveau. She first came to prominence in the 1890s and was admired and imitated well into the 1900s.…

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