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Byberry State Hospital (Images of America: Pennsylvania)

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Looming on the outskirts of Philadelphia County since 1906, the mental hospital most commonly known as "Byberry" stood abandoned for 16 years before being demolished in 2006. At its peak in the 1960s, Byberry was home to more than 6,000 patients and employer to more than 800. With its own self-sustaining farm, bowling alleys, barbershop, ice cream parlor, federal post ...more
Paperback, 126 pages
Published May 20th 2013 by Arcadia Publishing (SC)
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Jackie
Jun 21, 2013 Jackie rated it liked it
While I enjoyed the photographs that depicted the daily lives of patients and staff of Byberry State Hospital, I was hoping to learn more than a few tidbits of information. Jones did an excellent job of collecting archival photos for this book. But she also chose to group them into sub-categories that bounced between decades of time. I think that this pictorial history piece would have been better served in chronological order. The very history of the hospital from its ambitious start to its ...more
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Oct 18, 2014 Robert rated it it was ok
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While the photos were interesting and the historical bits were enlightening, far to many of the captions were unimportant puff-pieces from the author herself or blindly repeated, un-criticized, self-serving commentary from old publications.
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Hannah is a writer, reader, and publishing professional who loves all of the above plus dogs, Earl Grey tea, dark chocolate, museums, summer, and ghost stories.

Her first book, Byberry State Hospital, (Arcadia Publishing, 2013) is a non-fiction pictorial history about the abandoned state mental hospital located in the outskirts of Philadelphia, near her childhood home. She used to pass it every Sa
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