So we started screamin’, on such a winters day

Since I was a teenager I have been fascinated by photography of the abandoned and paranormal stories and television shows. The place I had most wanted to visit was the first penitentiary in the world, the historical landmark, Eastern State Penitentiary! So naturally I decided to plan a trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a few friends to see it for my 29th birthday, because that’s a very fun, normal thing to do! ;p For us that majestic, stone castle structure was a sight for sore eyes after a long walk with snow hitting us in the face on that February day. But for the hundreds of inmates that were brought there from 1829-1971 it was shackles and for some, the last place they’d ever go.

I was as excited as a kid at Disneyland and snapped a selfie as soon as we got in! Check out my red face from the blistering cold winter weather!

The jail layout is that of a wagon wheel with the spokes being different cell blocks, from the end of the cell block it just appears to go on forever which I imagine is much like doing time there..

Peering into the cells..

Scrub a dub dub, where are the tubs?!

Solitary confinement..

Found some life in this old cell..

Willie Sutton’s escape tunnel entrance..

Punk rock girl

Beauty in the decay..

Chatting with my favorite dead inmate 😉

I love the way the light illuminates the hallway here..

It was so cold that my iPhone died a bunch of times from the low temperature, we huddled together during the tour and danced in place to keep circulation moving and took heat lamp breaks. Luckily, I managed to get one Periscope video recorded before I left for an inside look at ESP and my quips and complaints! ;p Watch the video below or right here!

Wardrobe: Coat – 50’s/60’s vintage ♥ Earmuffs – American Apparel ♥ Scarf – Forever 21 ♥ Gloves – Target ♥ Boots – Frye

For more information about Eastern State Penitentiary and to schedule a tour check out their website! I wouldn’t recommend going in February though, unless you are as brave as me 😀

hearts, meg

meg darling

Hello there I'm meg darling!
I am a vintage clothing & costume enthusiast, owner of Storyland Vintage, fun seeker, Elvis lover, cocktail drinker. EST 1987.

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