Thursday, June 30, 2016

Ellis Island Hot Box



PHOTOGRAPHER’S JOURNAL:  One room was filled with chairs piled as if for a bonfire, a few rooms had dressers, but most were empty. However, some hospital equipment must have just been too costly to remove. It was always a surprise after turning many similar corners to come on something different, and one might be forgiven for thinking s/he had arrived at the hospital’s secret center of operations. What strange, Medieval medical instrument was here devised to cure the aching human soul? In fact, those who read the "Abandoned Ellis Island" link I posted know it is a wholesome bit of early technology to sanitize hospital mattresses. 

2 comments:

Ginnie said...

Those "little" tidbits of information keep us wanting more, Ted, don't they. I would NEVER have guessed this was part of a hospital!

Emery Roth II said...

I had no idea they ever sanitized mattresses in such a fashion. One of the readers of my posts told me it is an "autoclave." He had never seen one so big.