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The Red Chair

Another shot from our Eastern State Penitentiary meet-up in Philiadelphia, PA.


Everyone had heard about and wanted to see "the red chair." I didn't know what it was until I came home and did some research. I thought it was a barber station.


Apparently this chair (and chairs like it) were used as places where they would secure unruly inmates with chains, sometimes for days, so they had time to think about what they had done to end up in the chair . . .


Have to admit that I've been thinking a lot about ESP since our visit. More than while we were there. The vastness, and interestingness of the architecture and decay were so compelling that it was difficult to process the impact of what we were seeing in the moment. But, wanting to learn more, and doing research into the area really struck me and keeps me thinking. About the past penal system, and its philosophy, and the present. And humanity, and human nature.


And, I'm reminded of the quote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Not sure if this is the actual quote or a paraphrase, but it is attributed to George Santayana.



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Taken on August 20, 2011