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"(11457) PONS (Charente Inférieure). - L'École Supérieure de Jeunes Fille / Le Donjon (XIIe siècle)" exterior in black & white on carte postale with green back, small spots of toning on both sides. $1.75 pf
" Prison of Socrates, Athens" black & white post card, caption begins in Greek, mailed in US (probable very late usage), back is toned, paperclip indents at right front edge, as is. Shown left. $1.75 pg. Unused, a lighter printing, light toning near 2 back edges. Shown right. (2 available) $2.25 each pg.
" Athènes Prison de Socrate" also captioned in Greek, showing where Socrates was jailed, black & white postcard from Pallis & Cotzias, numbered 104 on back, unused, lightly toned front, minor corner wear. $2.00
"121. THE PRISON OF SOCRATES, ATHENS, GREECE" postcard, unused, a few tiny speckles of toning on back probably from the printing process itself. Back information locates the prison & its setting in an otherwise complex scene. $2.25 pg
"14 H - TOULOUSE / Square de Gaulle et Donjon du Capitole" color real photo postcard from Edit. 'Pyr. Océan', uneven edges as issued, slight curl to the paper, internal crease in the sky, a few tiny speckles of toning on back. $1.25 pf
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"152 - SAINT-NAZAIRE - Le Transport La Loire affrèté par l'Etat / pour le transport des Forçats / The transport La Loire freighted by the Gouvernment for / transporting convicts" showing many well dressed people along side it, black & white on green back from booklet, one bottom corner with small creases. This would be the July shipment of prisoners to the penal colony in French Guyana, 'the most infamous prison in history' according to Crime Magazine. The subject of many different postcards, but this one is hard to find. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 pff
"16 La Cité de Carcassonne -- Tour de la Vade << NOTICE >> / Photo Michel Jordy, Cité de Carcassonne" showing the fortified city with an emphasis on the tower which held a dungeon within it; sepia-tone postcard, much pertinent information on the back in French, unused, one serrated edge (from a booklet). $2.25 f(c)pp
"160--THE OLD LINCOLN COUNTY / COURT HOUSE, LINCOLN, N. M." showing it restored to the original, unused post card, trivial wear to one corner, otherwise fresh & appealing. This National Historic Landmark also served as a jail, from which Billy the Kid escaped. $3.50 ncp
"18. CALCUTTA -- The Black Hole" with fencing in the foreground, sepia-tone post card with very late usage at Etna Ohio, small ink smear in address area. A small dungeon where British prisoners were held in 1756--a matter of some historical debate. $2.50 iph
"216…C. D. Flavitzky. La Princesse Tarakanoff noyée dans sa prison. Galerie…" real photo postcard of a striking painting depicting the supposed 1777 death in a prison flood of Yelizaveta Alekseyevna, pretender to the Russian throne; Edit. Dubrowitz, unused, slight oxidation. The name given in the caption is derogatory & she did die in prison, but of tuberculosis some 2 years earlier. $15.00 parm*
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"33 LOCHES. -- Le Donjon. - L'Entrée" showing the entrance to the French dungeon, unused carte postale with good contrast, album impressions at the corners, 3 tiny corner creases, toning shows in the front caption area & sky. $1.75 pf
"4038 -- COUR DE LA CONCIERGERIE. -- Les fenêtres du fond sont celles des cachots oú furent / (Voir la suite au dos.)" showing barred windows at a former royal castle with prison in Paris, black & white postcard, unused, toned back, soft corners. $2.00 pf
"4069 -- PARIS. -- LA CONCIERGERIE. -- Galerie du XIIIe siècle, dite 'la Rue de Paris'. ND. Phot." black & white interior, unused post card, lightly toned front, lightly toned back, paper browning evenly with age, minor corner & edge wear. $1.75 pf
"44 CLISSON - Le Château - Intérieur de la Prison des femmes" showing the interior of the women's prison there, black & white carte postale with green back, one serrated edge (from booklet), unusual subject matter, light toning on back edges. $3.50 pfi
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"4702. - CHATEAU DE TARASCON / (B.-du-R.)" showing an exterior corner, unused black & white postcard from a booklet, light toning on back from the printing process itself. Served as a French military prison for a long time, until 1932. $2.00 f(t)p
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"61. LES PRISONNIERS ALLEMANDS EN FORÉT -- Après la Barbe, la Toilette
au ruisseau" showing German prisoners, guarded by the French in a forest,
freshening up after receiving a haircut; black & white carte postale with
green back, toning near back edges, faint corner crease, trivial rounding at
3 corners. Most unusual subject matter; presumably a propaganda piece to
assure the world such soldiers were being well-treated.
"8--Lancaster County Jail, Lancaster, Pa." showing its exterior and a circular flowerbed nearby, linen postcard mailed 1951 by Mrs. Marietta Holmes of Connersville Indiana, tiny spots of light toning in two front borders, good edges, cancel & handwriting on back are neat. $3.25 p(l)p*
"8 BIRKADEM (Algérie) -- La Colonie Agricole" showing a penitentiary gate & a guard, sepia tone carte postale with green back. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50
"87 LOCHES. -- Le Donjon. -- Cachot de Philippe de Commines, favori de Louis XI, / et Collier de fer que l'on passait au cou des prisonniers dangereux. -- LL." showing the area for dangerous prisoners, with the iron collar that was put around their necks; black & white carte postale with green back, unused, internal crease, corner crease. $1.75 pf
"87 LOCHES. -- Le Donjon. -- Cachot de Philippe de Commines, favori de Louis XI, / et Collier de fer que l'on passait au cou des prisonniers dangereux. -- LL." showing the area for dangerous prisoners, with the iron collar put around their necks; black & white postcard with white back, unused, one uneven edge (from booklet separation), fairly fresh. $2.25 pfi
"A 136 - Inspection of Prisoners, Bilibid Prison, Manila, Philippines" including a large prison band with 2 tuba players, color post card, unused, corner & edge wear. $10.00 pmp
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"Annex, Ohio State Penitentiary, / Columbus, Ohio" showing 4 guards relaxing by playing checkers & playing the guitar, beds nearby; unused post card from S. E. Harriman, made in Germany, bottom corners creased (1 weakened), mild corner wear otherwise, lightly toned back. $8.00 o(c)ppm
"A view from the well shaft some 45 feet under- / ground in the dungeons at Old New-Gate, / colonial and State prison 1773-1827" now in East Granby Connecticut; unused chrome postcard from Clifford Scofield, fairly fresh. Necessarily dark, it was converted from the first copper mine in America. $2.50 pcmi
"Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay, sepia-tone Ekc real photo post card from Piggott Photo, fairly fresh. $4.50 cp
"ALCATRAZ ISLAND, SAN FRANCISCO BAY / CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO IN DISTANCE" black & white postcard from J. C. Bardell, unused, fairly fresh. $3.00 pc
"ALCATRAZ ISLAND / Resembling a huge battleship Alcatraz / Island is known as 'the rock' " black & white postcard from J. C. Bardell, unused, fairly fresh. $2.00 pc
"ASSOUAN / Carl Neufeld, / le prisonnier du Mahdi" showing him with a monkey on a balcony in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, circa 1910 - 1912; unused postcard numbered 64 on its divided back, tiny left bottom corner crease. During his imprisonment & exploitation by the Sudanese religious leader Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah (the Mahdi or 'guided one'), he wore about 60 pounds of chains at all times. So this image is obviously after he had been freed, when he was staying at Aswan with his sister during the time we quote here. Someday we have no doubt his adventures (and misadventures!) will make an interesting movie. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 spge#
"B.5 TOWER OF LONDON / BEAUCHAMP TOWER-- INSCRIPTION" in Latin dated 1564, sepia-tone postcard from Harrison & Sons, unused. Shown left. $2.00 pe. Same image but larger with no front caption, also unused, minor edge toning on back, tiny spot of toning on right front edge. Shown right. $2.00 pe. Both for comparison: $3.50 pe.\
"Bankers Row, Ohio Penitentiary, / Columbus Ohio" interior showing the stacked cells, published by S. F. Harriman, made in Germany, used 1909, corner wear & rounding. $8.50 po(c)i. Same post card but unused, faint album impressions at the corner, more fresh with good edges, just minor wear at one bottom corner. $10.00 po(c)i
"Bari - Giardini Isabella d'Aragona" showing some of the gardens, postcard, Ediz. Favia, typing on back explains in English that this is a castle that was once converted to a prison. The Princess of Naples lived there 1499 - 1524. $2.25 pgi
"Beatrice Cenci in Carcere. / Leonardi. Roma." art showing an imprisoned noblewoman & some men (inquisitors?), printed in Italy, unused. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg (261,262 bytes) or .tif format. $1.50 spi*
"BEAUTIFUL SUNKEN GARDENS FROM PRISON TOWER, MARQUETTE, MICH.--50 / SHOWING LAKE SUPERIOR IN DISTANCE" unused Kropp linen, numbered 6621 on back, short internal crease parallels the right front edge (detectable only from the back). $2.00 m(m)pg NEW / NEU / NY
"BLOODY TOWER-- / View of Raleigh's Walk, so called, as it was along / here that he was allowed exercise " black & white post card from Gale & Polden, caption on front very hard to read so ours is from the back, unused, numbered 1363 on the back, toned back. $1.75 p
"BOOT HILL - DODGE CITY, KANSAS" with the Fort Doge jail in the foreground, postcard mailed there JUL 19 1976 to Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Alexa in Phillipsburg New Jersey by their children Bette & Lon, 2 corners with minor wear. $1.00 k(d)p
"CABIN BOY'S ATTEMPTED ESCAPE / Fort Warren was used for confinement of some 800 / Confederate prisoners during the Civil War..." unused chrome post card depicting an oil painting, unusual subject matter. Dark image for night time. Sold but front still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 cp
"CAMP DE PRISONNIERS PRÈS DE VERDUN / Septembre 1917 / (Ph. M. D.)" showing numerous prisoners in an outdoor prison in France, black & white postcard with green back, from Helio Marotte Paris, writing on back. $7.00 pfw*
"Carcel 'Jail.' C. Juarez, Mexico." post card mailed 1922 from Socorro New Mexico, light toning on back, minor corner & edge wear, tiny cancel ink spots on face. $3.00 m(c)p#
"CARCEL / JAIL / C. JUAREZ CHIH. MEX." with a sign 'Juzgado de la Penal' marking the courthouse, a couple of old autos as clues for the date; sepia-tone real photo, tiny corner bends not into the image. Postcard sold but still available for scholarly study & research as enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scans in .jpg format. $2.00 m(c)cp
"Carcel 'Jail,' C. Juarez, Mexico." with a sign 'Juzgado de Letras' marking the civil courthouse flanking it; postcard mailed 1922 from Socorro New Mexico, bottom corners creased, several tiny speckles of cancel ink on front, a little wear on the bottom edge, bottom left front corner faintly creased. $4.00 m(c)cp#
"Carcel Publica / Public Jail No. 7 / Tijuana B.C. Mex." Unused DOPS real photo post card, small spot of toning at top front edge. $4.00 pm
"CHEROKEE STATE HOSPITAL" showing the exterior of the Iowa mental health facility opened in 1902, monochromatic red-violet post card with undivided back mailed 1905, small upper corner crease not into the image, bottom corners & edge worn, lightly toned front. The full name of the institution is the Cherokee State Hospital for the Insane, and part of it is a prison. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 ipm
"Cité de Carcassonne / Logis de l'Inquisition - Salle de torture ou / d'interrogatoire " a torture chamber where inquisitions were held in the Aude department of France, sepia-tone carte postale, unused, good edges. A chilling sight even when not in use. $4.50 pfm
"CITY JAIL / Juarez, Mexico" sepia-tone real photo post card circa 1929, one corner badly creased, another toned in the border area. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 pm
"C. Jeanne, edit.-phot., Falaise / 5 Château de FALAISE - Intérieur du Grand Donjon" circa 1920 black & white carte postale with green back, very late usage at White Butte South Dakota, trace of wear along bottom edge. The castle is in Calvados Normandy. $2.25 pfi(c)
"COLONIAL GAOL, STOCKS AND PILLORY WILLIAMSBURG, VA." monochromatic blue postcard from the Color Shop, unused, yellowish paper. $2.00 pv
"Convict Quarries, Portland" with some interesting equipment too, color post card circa 1915, printed in Great Britain, fairly fresh. $11.00 pm
"Convicts at Work in Quarries, Portland" postcard showing their work to obtain the stone for Portland Harbour breakwaters, mailed 1910, corners rounded with wear, large water stain at 2 corners easier to see from the back, a couple of tiny speckles of cancel ink detectable in the sky. Serious offenders were sent there for hard labor. $7.00 emp
"CONVICTS IN PARK, MINNESOTA STATE PRISON / Copyright 1909 " color from W. C. Heilbron, unused, light toning on back, trivial corner & edge wear. Most unusual subject matter. Post card sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 pm(u)
"Die fünfte Ecke des Turmes von Innnen." Showing weapons used to execute prisoners, black & white, undivided back, mailed from Bavaria to New Jersey, corner wear & rounding, lightly toned back, light album impressions at the corners. Hard to find! $7.50 pm
"Dinant Pri- / son improvisée / par les Allemands, le / 23 août 1914 " showing a Belgian café that was converted into a prison by the Germans during World War I, sign at right commemorates death of 19 residents who were shot there; lengthy historical caption in French & English, sepia-tone from booklet, mailed there 1920, much soil both sides (front is better than back), as is. $1.50 pbw ILLUSTRATION ADDED RECENTLY
"Eppelein's Gefängnis. / Gesetzlich geschutzt. Cliché und Druck von E. Nister" with signed E. Nister art showing the legendary 14th century robber baron incarcerated, with many different handcuffs on the wall, sepia-tone, undivided back postcard, unused, trivial edge wear, lightly toned back. $5.50 pa
"FY4EE / MOI AUSSI J'AI FAIT LA GUYANE" Cayenne QSL card with monkey in prisoner garb with ball & chain, used 1986 by operator Bernard Cannell. The art is a reference to some 70,000 convicts sent to French Guiana from 1852 to 1951. Also in the design are the UFT and REF logos. $5.00 fp
"Holguin. / La Periquera. -- City Jail. / e. Wilson's Obispo 41 y 43, Habana." showing the 'parakeet cage' building at the left that once housed Spanish defenders & is now a National Monument of Cuba at which many events & remembrances are been held (such as the one shown). Postcard with undivided back mailed MAR 9 1905 at Fortress Monroe Virginia to Mrs. W. L. Davis in Canton Ohio. SALE IN PROGRESS cp
"Hospital Ward Ohio Penitentiary" black & white postcard from the Arcade Postcard Company, their number 112; mailed at Roxabell Ohio in 1910 (DPO hand cancel), humorous messages written on 2 front beds, minor corner & edge wear. Rare: when we searched the Internet no one was offering it, no one was bragging about having sold it &only one library had it on exhibit. $20.00 mo(c)pi
"Inside Ruins of Fort Jefferson Dry Tortugas, Key West, Florida 9" where John Wilkes Booth was imprisoned for shooting President Lincoln, unused linen postcard with good edges, small inconspicuous indent in a cloud, otherwise fairly fresh. $1.50 pfl
"Interior of Jail, Matamoros, Mexico" showing several men in a courtyard with a well, clothes hung out to dry, etc.; postcard from Grombach-Faisans Co., made in Germany, unused, light corner & edge wear, interesting. Caption does not make it clear whether it is the Matamoros in Coahuila, Puebla or Tamaulipas state. $9.50 pm(g)
"Interior View of Cell House, Illinois State
Penitentiary at Stateville, near Joliet, Ill. / 176-30-N"
showing the arrangement of cells around a central guard
tower; post card from Harry F. Beach, white-border era, unused.
"IRAN - YAZD / Madrese ye Ziaieh. (Eskandar's Prison)" unused oversize (nearly 5"x7") post card, near mint & ready to frame. (2 available) The view without people includes a courtyard in the foreground and of course the dome. Time of day appears to be near sunset. $1.75 each. ip!!
"IT'S QUIET HERE AND AM C-38 / GREETINGS FROM HARTFORD CITY, IND. UNFORTUNATELY DETAINED" with drawing of prisoner fastened to large ball & chain, linen postcard from C. T. General Comics, unused, trivial corner wear. $2.25 pci
"Knox County Jail, Vincennes, Ind." with an exterior corner view in color, post card mailed AUG 11 1908 (bold VINCENNES, IND. TR. CLERK cancel) to Cincinnati Ohio, light toning on front, minor corner & edge wear. $8.50 ip-i
"MAIN ENTRANCE, AUBURN PRISON, AUBURN, N. Y. / 9 -2418" unused linen postcard published by Wm. Jubb Company in Syracuse, minor corner wear. Now the maximum-security Auburn Correctional Facility, its exterior is a bit more forbidding. $3.75 n(a)p
"MANSFIELD, O. / REFORMATORY / KITCHEN" vintage post card reproduced by the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society & copyrighted in 1996, near mint. (2 available) Shut down in 1990 -- after numerous allegations of abuse, torture, and murder -- the prison lives on in ghost tours & paranormal investigations. $2.50 each or both for $4.75. opc
"MESS ROOM, AUBURN STATE PRISON, AUBURN, N.Y." unused color Rotograph postcard, printed in Germany, numbered E4290b on back, numerous tiny speckles of light toning on back, minor wear shows mostly at 2 corners. $8.00 npi
"West Guard Wall at Ohio State penitentiary, / Columbus Ohio" including 2 armed prison guards standing upon it, unused Weixelbaum postcard with several spots of toning on the back, mild corner & edge wear. Rare. No one was offering this postcard when we searched the internet, and only exhibitor (a library) claimed to have it in their collection. $20.00 o(c)pp&
"OURO PRETO_Praca Tiradentes, Vendo de A Ex Penitenciaria (No 15)" in Brasil, unused real photo post card, fairly fresh. Includes some of the Baroque architecture which caused the town to be designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. $4.50 pbau
"PORTAGE COUNTY COURT HOUSE AND JAIL, RAVENNA, OHIO." white-border era postcard, circa 1919, mailed but no postmark, 2 corner creases, corner wear & rounding, toning at front corners from album contact, a few tiny spots of cancel ink in the front sky. $3.25 o(r)cp
"Presbyterian Church, Mason, Mich." , sepia-tone Devolite Peerless real photo post card with good focus. Pertinent writing on back: This is where we attend church. the building on extreme left is th jail'. Not in the excellent collection of the Presbyterian Historical Society. Rare: no other offers, past or present, and no exhibits when we searched the Internet. $12.00 mp+
"PROVIDENCE SPRING / ANDERSONVILLE PRISON PARK / Andersonville, Georgia" where a spring supposedly burst forth to answer prayers of thirst & dying Confederate prisoners; chrome postcard with good color mailed 1968. $1.25 pgc
"QUAINT COUNTY JAIL (1823), / WARRENTON, VA." Unused sepia-tone Collotype postcard, browning of paper with age, 2 tiny corner creases. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 vpc
"RALEIGH N. C. / Governor's / Mansion." Tuck Raphotype postcard No. 5069, mailed there 1906, corner & edge wear, cancel ink in front sky, spot of toning at one back corner. Made by convict labor, some of whose initials are carved into its bricks. $4.75 n(r)tps
"RIGHT IN LINE / Copyright 1905 by / Raymond Howe Chicago" art depicting a chain gang; post card with undivided back mailed MR 14 1906 from Southampton Ontario, long internal crease from the top edge, writing fades in spots on both sides, mild corner wear & rounding, ugly spot of toning in the address area. $2.50 p
"R. M. S. Canada" underway & moving to the viewer's right, postcard published by C. W. Hunt & Co. (British manufacture), minor corner wear & rounding, couple tiny spots of toning in the sky. Her transatlantic crossings connected Liverpool to Boston, Halifax & Quebec. A troopship during the Boer War, later accommodated German prisoners during World War I. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 s(d)wps(o)
"ROADWAY TO DETENTION GROUP / U.S. NAVAL TRAINING STATION, GREAT LAKES, ILLINOIS" black & white post card from Gold's Art Studio, unused, heavily toned front, heavily toned back. $1.25 pim
"RUINS OF JAIL USED IN GEORGE WASHINGTON'S TIME, at Great Falls, Va., 15 miles from / Washington, D. C., on G. F. & O. D. R. R.--(308)" unused postcard published by J. P. Bell Company for the Great Falls & Old Dominion Railroad, an interurban trolley line. $3.75 v(g)r(g)p
"State Penitentiary Grounds, showing entrance gate--Frankfort, Ky." postcard mailed MAR 23 1909 (LEX. & LOUIS. TR.18 R.P.O. hand cancel) to Mrs Willie Stahl in San Antonio Texas, noticeable corner wear & rounding, 2 tape reinforcements on back to creases--one long, one affecting stamp. Writer comments on front: 'How is this for rascals...' Hard to find in any condition. $6.00 k(f)p
"THE BRITISH CONVICT SHIP 'SUCCESS' OLDEST SHIP AFLOAT, / LAUNCHED AT MOULMEIN, BURMAH 1790 / PRISONER RECEIVING / 100 LASHES WITH CAT O'NINE TAILS" with convict & guard spectators, unused sepia-tone, 2 corner creases (1 small), corner & edge wear, paper browning with age. Unusual subject matter. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 pssbh*
"THE BRITISH CONVICT SHIP 'SUCCESS' OLDEST SHIP AFLOAT, / LAUNCHED AT MOULMEIN, BURMAH 1790 / ORIGINAL / INSTRUMENTS OF TORTURE" including an iron maiden & whipping post of clever design, unused sepia-tone, small corner crease, corner & edge wear, paper browning with age. Unusual subject matter. Post card sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 pssbh*#
"The County Jail - Akron, Ohio." showing the exterior of the old building circa 1908 - 1910, unused black & white post card, lightly toned both sides by album contact, minor corner rounding. $5.50 o(a)p
"The Kitchen, New Michigan State Prison, Jackson, Mich." including several workers, white-border era from Beardsley, unused, album marks at the back corners, interesting. $16.50 pmci. Same postcard but long crease, 3 soft corners, writing on front (signed Edna Powers Grantsburg) in lower border. $9.00 pmic
"The Penitentiary, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. --32" post card mailed there 1938, one corner badly creased, another corner with small crease not into the image, traces of cancel ink in the sky, short internal crease from top center. $2.25 po
"'THE ROCK', ALCATRAZ ISLAND, SAN FRANCISCO AY, CALIF. 106 / © STANLEY A. PILTZ 8A-H2831" circa-1938 linen from the Art-Tone Series, 3 initials written neatly over the stamp box, otherwise fairly fresh. More interesting than most, its back refers to it as 'recently established', with 'one of the most powerful lights on the Pacific Coast'. $3.00 c(a)p
"The Tower of London / Series 56 Printed in Bavaria" signed C. Schmidt art, post card mailed to New York in 1905, lightly toned back, minor corner & edge wear, speckles of cancel ink in front sky, light toning in bottom front border. $4.50 pae
"Thomaston, Maine, St. George River and Bridge showing Prison" color postcard with undivided back mailed from Naples in 1907, printed in Germany, several creases, considerable corner rounding, front toning noticeable in sky, as is. $2.00 mp
"TOWER OF LONDON" black & white postcard from the London Stereoscopic Company, interesting information printed on back, unused, soft corners, paper starting to yellow evenly with age. Shown left. $1.75 pe. Same but sepia-tone, toning evident in the light areas of both sides. Shown right. $1.50 pe. Another similar to the one shown left, pronounced yellowing on back, minor corner rounding. $1.25 pe ILLUSTRATIONS ADDED RECENTLY
"TOWER OF LONDON. / 10. St. Peter's Chapel. Interior looking east. / Rebuilt by Henry VIII, c. 1530 " black & white, unused post card, small spot of toning both sides. $1.50 pe
"TOWER OF LONDON. / Bloody Tower. / Interior, showing old fireplace…" sepia-tone post card from Gale & Polden, numbered 1366 on back, unused, minor wear at 2 corners, 3 small toned areas on back. $1.50 pei ILLUSTRATION ADDED RECENTLY
"Tower of / London / Gateway / of the / Bloody / Tower / Showing the / only Port- /cullis now / in working / order " black & white postcard from Gale & Polden, undivided back, unused, light toning along front edges, lightly toned back. $3.75 pe
"Tower of / London. / Interior of / first floor / of the / Beauchamp / Tower / Many of the stones / bear inscriptions / engraved by for- / mer prisoners" including a guide, black & white circa 1910 postcard, unused, light album marks on front, minor corner wear, ink line on back. Thomas, the Third Earl of Warwick & member of the Beauchamp family, was imprisoned there. $3.50 pgei
"TOWER OF LONDON. St PETER'S CHURCH" black & white interior from London Stereoscopic, unused postcard. $2.00 pe*
"Tower of London.--Sub-Crypt of the White tower. / One of the dungeons in which prisoners were incarcerated." Including a group of stylishly dressed visitors for contrast, black & white post card from Gale & Polden, unused. $3.00 pei
"Tower of London. / Traitors' Gate / This derives its / name from the / fact that priso- / ners were usually / landed here " black & white from Gale & Polden, undivided back postcard, unused, lightly toned front, lightly toned back. $3.75 pe
"U. S. Industrial Reformatory, Chillicothe, Ohio / 1B514" post card mailed there 1945, 2 small corner creases neither into the image. Shows the buildings completed in 1936. This medium-security prison is now known as the Chillicothe Correctional Institution. $1.75 o(c)p
"U. S. MEDICAL CENTER, SPRINGFIELD, MO.--45" showing its deliberately isolated location from the air; linen postcard mailed from Hope Missouri in 1957, one upper corner creased twice (in the sky), small bottom corner crease, 1" internal crease from the bottom edge, minor corner wear, 1952 Boys Town seal on the back. More completely, the name of this facility is the US Medical Center for Federal Prisoners--provider of medical, dental & mental health services for inmates. $2.75 m(s)pmd
"View in Juarez, Mex. Jail in Rear." including many men seated on benches, mild corner wear. Postcard sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 m(c)p
"We will detain / you only for a / moment" comic art shows pilloried man, number 606 from J. Koehler, postcard mailed 1904, a little extraneous writing on back, scrapes affecting art, edge ding, 2 internal creases, as is. $0.50 pc
"West Guard Wall at Ohio State penitentiary, / Columbus Ohio" including 2 armed prison guards standing upon it, unused Weixelbaum postcard, mild corner & edge wear. Rare. No one was offering this postcard when we searched the Internet, and only one exhibitor (a library) claimed to have it in their collection. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 o(c)pp
"Wish You Could Join Us" with aerial view of Alcatraz prison, chrome postcard, mailed, tiny corner crease, minor corner wear. $1.00 c(a)p
"Withington Cooley Shops from Prison, Jackson, Mich." color from Drake Bros., circa 1915, unused postcard. $4.00 pm
"WOMEN INMATES IN PRISON YARD, MINNESOTA / STATE PRISON" with several women seated on chairs with their backs facing the viewer; color post card published by W. C. Heilbron, mailed 1911, recipient crumpled it causing multiple creases--probably in anger at being asked 'Do you remember this place?' Most unusual subject matter. The only time we can recall seeing women inmates on classic postcards. As is. $20.00 pm(u)
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