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Overgrown security window inside a patient bedroom in the Walker Building at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, GA.  This building - originally built to house convalescent white males in 1884 - has fallen into a state of advanced deterioration; the roofs are gone off significant portions, and nature is overtaking much of the building.

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Finding human organs in jars is not an altogether uncommon occurrence when poking around the recesses of America’s abandoned asylums and hospitals.  Bumping into a cabinet upon which two such jars, the formalin long since dried out, rests at 4 in the morning is slightly unnerving.  This happened to me at Tuscaloosa’s Bryce State Hospital some time back, as I was searching around for those middle-of-the-night photographs to kill time until civil twilight broke.  After first light, I got so caught up in shooting a brand-new (to me) Kirkbride building that I completely forgot about the jars of organs - until it was almost time to go, at which point, I returned to grab a few captures.  Here’s one of them.

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Closeup of keys on badly damaged upright piano on the wards at Westborough State Hospital, an abandoned asylum in Massachusetts.  I found it interesting that one of the ivory keys remained, albeit detached and about to fall to the floor to join its comrades.

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Because North Brother Island is so remote and difficult to access, it has not been stripped of artifacts to the same extent as many abandoned hospitals found on the mainland.  Here, on a window ledge in the Maintenance Shop, a number of copper keys, displaying over half a century’s oxidation, are sitting atop calcium stalagmites - the deposits of calcium which, over the years, drip through a concrete ceiling and form mounds where they fall.  Although the keys have not been stolen, the fact that they are not integrated into the calcium suggests that a visitor did indeed disturb them - they were clearly placed here in the not-too-distant past.

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