Reasons for Admission to an Insane AsylumList of what could have gotten you admitted to West Virginia’s Hospital for the Insane (Weston) aka Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum back in the late-1800s.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is still open, but only for tours.
I can’t even pick a single favorite:
- Mental Excitement
- Tobacco & Masturbation
- Bad Whiskey
- Deranged Masturbation
- Sexual Derangement
- Seduction & Disappointment
- Novel Reading
- Shooting of Daughter (but not the son?)
I actually had a great great aunt who committed to an asylum because she went into (poor phraseology, I know) menopause, and her family was afraid that she would murder her alcoholic husband. Cause, that made sense (thought his death would have been no great loss)
I’ve seen a few fashion posts trying to expand the “Marie Antoinette is not Victorian” rant, but this stuff can get complicated, so here is a semi-comprehensive list so everyone knows exactly when all of these eras were.
Please note that this is very basic and that there are sometimes subcategories (especially in the 17th century, Jacobean, Restoration, etc).
Everyone needs to read this!
Otto Theodore Gustav Lingner (1856-1917, German)
“Princess Margherita” (detail), by Michele Gordigiani (1835 – 1909)
Dresses from the 1880s-1910s that are similar to dresses worn by Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia throughout her life!
FUCK YOU THESE WERE MY PICTURES THAT I PUT TOGETHER YOU COPY CAT!