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Borowitz Crime Ephemera: Prison Postcards collection

Finding Aid

Author: Dyani Scheuerman, April 14, 2003; Revised September 2005; Last Updated: July 2020
Revisions: Updated by Haley Antell, October 2021
Origination: Borowitz, Albert, 1930- , and Borowitz, Helen Osterman, 1929 -
Inclusive Dates: 1900-1980s
Extent: .33 cubic feet (1 postcard box)
Physical Location: 11th floor


Scope and Content: This collection consists of postcards from prisons around the world. Most of the postcards are printed in color and are undated.

Arrangement: Cards are arranged alphabetically by US state, then by country.

Acquisition Information: This material was donated to Kent State University by Albert and Helen Borowitz.

Related Material: See also the Crime-related Postcards collection.


Box 1
Folder -- contents

  1. Postcard: Alabama: Kilby Prison, Montgomery, undated
    Publisher: E. C. Kropp Co.
  2. Postcard: Alabama: Kilby Prison, Montgomery, 1937
    Publisher: Curteich-Chicago
  3. Postcard: Arizona: Old Territorial Prison, Yuma, 1942
    Publisher: Curteich-Chicago
  4. Postcard: California: Alcatraz, San Francisco Bay, 1936
    Publisher: Stanley A. Piltz
  5. Postcard: California: Alcatraz, San Francisco Bay, 1988
    Photographer: Glaser, Ken Jr.
    Publisher: Smith Novelty Co.
  6. Postcard: California: Folsom State Prison, Folsom, undated
  7. Postcard: California: State Prison, San Quentin, Recreation Field, 1967
    Publisher: Natural Color by Mike Roberts
  8. Postcard: California: State Prison, San Quentin, undated
    Scope and Content:  Caption: "Beautiful California - San Quentin as seen from Mr. Tamalpais."
    Publisher: Pacific Novelty Company
  9. Postcard: California: State Prison, San Quentin, Dining Room, undated
    Publisher: National Color Press
  10. Postcard: Colorado: Huerfano County Court House and Jail, Walsenburg, undated
  11. Postcard: Colorado: State Penitentiary, Canon City, 1929
    Scope and Content: Inscription: Mutiny at Colo. State Penitentiary, Oct. 3, 1929
  12. Postcard: Colorado: State Penitentiary, Canon City, 1954
  13. Postcard: Connecticut: Newgate Prison, East Granby, Exterior, undated
    Publisher: The Springfield News Company
  14. Postcard: Connecticut: Newgate Prison, East Granby, Interior, undated
  15. Postcard: Connecticut: State Prison, Wetherfield, 1906
    Publisher: The Chapin News Company
  16. Postcard: Delaware: Kent County Jail, Dover, undated
    Scope and Content: Tichnor Quality Views
    Scope and Content: Caption: "Original Whipping Post and Kent County Jail, Dover, Delaware."
  17. Postcard: Florida: Old Jail, St. Augustine, undated
    Publisher: Florida Souvenir Co.
  18. Postcard: Georgia: Federal Prison, Atlanta, 1935
    Publisher: C. T. American Art Colored
  19. Postcard: Georgia: Federal Prison, Atlanta, 1935
    Publisher: Curteich-Chicago
  20. Postcard: Idaho: State Penitentiary, Boise, undated
    Publisher: Edward H. Mitchell
  21. Postcard: Illinois: Joliet State Penitentiary, Joliet, 1905
    Publisher: Curteich-Chicago
  22. Postcard: Illinois: Illinois State Penetentiary at Stateville, Joliet, 1952; undated
    Scope and Content: Two copies. One copy is postmarked 1952, the other is undated.
    Publisher: Curteich-Chicago
  23. Postcard: Illinois: Illinois State Penetentiary, Joliet, undated
    Scope and Content: Caption: "Solitary Corridor, Illinois State Penetentiary, Joliet, Ill."
    Publisher: V. O. Hammon Publishing Co.
  24. Postcard: Illinois: Illinois State Penetentiary, Joliet, undated
    Scope and Content: Caption: "Prisoners Marching."
    Publisher: V. O. Hammon Publishing Co.
  25. Postcard: Illinois: Old Jail, Carthage, undated
    Scope and Content: Caption: "Old Mormon Jail, Carthage, Illinois. The second story window is where Joseph Smith, the Founder of Mormonism was shot."
    Publisher: C. U. William
  26. Postcard: Illinois: Old Jail, Carthage, undated
    Scope and Content: Inscription: "Old Jail, Carthage, Ill. Where Joseph and Hyram Smith (the Mormon Prophets) were shot June 24, 1844."
  27. Postcard: Illinois: State Reformatory, Pontiac, 1908
    Publisher: F. Bolander
  28. Postcard: Illinois: Williamson County Jail, Marion, undated
    Publisher: Artvue Post Card Co.
  29. Postcard: Indiana: Brown County Log Jail, Nashville, 1930
    Publisher: Auburn Greeting Card Co.
  30. Postcard: Indiana: County Jail, Marion, 1909
    Publisher: S. H. Knox & Co.
  31. Postcard: Indiana: Howard County Jail, Kokomo, undated
    Publisher: S. H. Knox & Co.
  32. Postcard: Indiana: Indiana Prison, Michigan City, 1911
    Publisher: Souvenir Post Card Mfg. Co.
  33. Postcard: Indiana: Indiana Reformatory, Jeffersonville, undated
  34. Postcard: Indiana: La Porte County Jail, La Porte, undated
    Publisher: Geo. Leusch, Michigan City, Ind.
  35. Postcard: Indiana: Marshall County Jail and Court House, Plymouth, undated
    Publisher: H. E. Fuller
  36. Postcard: Indiana: Sheriff's Residence and County Jail, Columbia City, 1950
  37. Postcard: Indiana: United States Penitentiary, Terre Haute, undated
    Scope and Content: Caption: "Airview, United States Penetentiary, Terre Haute, Ind."
    Photographer: Thiede, Ben
    Publisher: Curteich-Chicago
  38. Postcard: Iowa: County Jail, Muscatine, undated
  39. Postcard: Iowa: Lee County Court House, Jail, and Sheriff's Resience, Fort Madison, 1906
  40. Postcard: Iowa: State Penitentiary, Fort Madison, 1905
    Scope and Content: Caption: "Warden's residence and entrance to State Penetentiary, Fort Madison, Iowa."
  41. Postcard: Iowa: State Penitentiary Exterior, Fort Madison, undated
    Acquisition Note: Donated by Mary Widmer, 2005
  42. Postcard: Iowa: State Penitentiary Interior, Fort Madison, undated
  43. Postcard: Kansas: Federal Prison, Leavenworth, 1912
    Publisher: A. F. Wood, Leavenworth, Kansas.
  44. Postcard: Kansas: Federal Prison Dining Hall, Leavenworth, 1916
    Publisher: A. F. Wood, Leavenworth, Kansas.
  45. Postcard: Kansas: State Prison, Lansing, 1909
    Publisher: The South West News Company
  46. Postcard: Kansas: State Prison, Lansing, 1912
  47. Postcard: Kansas: State Prison, Lansing, undated
    Publisher: Webb-Freyschlog Merc. Co.
  48. Postcard: Kansas: State Prison, Lansing, undated
    Publisher: Souvenir Post Card Co.
  49. Postcard: Kansas: State Reformatory, Hutchinson, undated
    Publisher: S. H. Kress & Co.
  50. Postcard: Kentucky: City Work Home, Louisville, 1900s
  51. Postcard: Kentucky: Federal Correctional Institution, Ashland, 1941
    Publisher: Curteich-Chicago
  52. Postcard: Kentucky: State Prison, Frankfort, 1907
    Publisher: Souvenir Post Card Co.
  53. Postcard: Louisiana: Cabildo, New Orleans, undated
    Publisher: E. C. Kropp Co.
  54. Postcard: Maine: Knox County Court House and Jail, Rockland, 1909
    Publisher: Mason Bros. & Co.
  55. Postcard: Maine: Old Jail, York, undated
    Publisher: Hugh C. Leighton Co.
  56. Postcard: Maine: Penobscot County Court House and Jail, Bangor, 1914
  57. Postcard: Maine: State Prison, Thomaston, undated
    Publisher: Hugh C. Leighton Co.
  58. Postcard: Maryland: City Jail, Baltimore, 1912
    Publisher: Rinn Publ. Co.
  59. Postcard: Massachusetts: Berkshire County Jail, Pittsfield, 1913
    Publisher: Tichnor Brothers Inc.
  60. Postcard: Massachusetts: Berkshire County Jail, Pittsfield, undated
  61. Postcard: Massachusetts: County Jail, Fitchburg, 1906
    Publisher: D. Chas O'Connor
  62. Postcard: Massachusetts: House of Correction, New Bedford, undated
  63. Postcard: Massachusetts: Lawrence Jail, Lawrence, 1910
    Publisher: N. E. Paper & Stat'y Co.
  64. Postcard: Massachusetts: Lowell Jail, Lowell, 1909
  65. Postcard: Massachusetts: Police Headquarters, Charles River Reservation, 1910
  66. Postcard: Massachusetts: Town Hall, Boston, 1907
    Scope and Content: Caption: "Old Cells, Town Hall, Boston."
  67. Postcard: Michigan: County Jail and Sheriff's Residence, Jackson, undated
  68. Postcard: Michigan: Court House and Jail, Hastings, undated
    Publisher: Will P. Canaan Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.
  69. Postcard: Michigan: Court House and Jail, Traverse City, undated
  70. Postcard: Michigan: Jackson County Jail, Jackson, undated
    Scope and Content: Hugh C. Leighton Co.
  71. Postcard: Michigan: Jail, Big Rapids, 1908
    Publisher: Morris & Crane
  72. Postcard: Michigan: Marquette Prison, Marquette, undated
    Publisher: E. C. Kropp Co.
  73. Postcard: Michigan: State Prison, N. E. Guard House, Jackson, undated
  74. Postcard: Michigan: State Prison, Dining Room, Jackson, 1909
    Publisher: Hugh C. Leighton Co.
  75. Postcard: Michigan: State Prison, Cell Blocks, Jackson, undated
    Scope and Content: Georgopoolos & Demos, Jackson, Mich.
  76. Postcard: Michigan: State Prison, Dining Room, Jackson, 1912
    Publisher: S. H. Knox & Co.
  77. Postcard: Michigan: State Reformatory, Ionia, undated
    Publisher: The Rotograph Co.
  78. Postcard: Michigan: State Reformatory, Ionia, undated
    Publisher: Will P. Canaan Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.
  79. Postcard: Minnesota: St. Cloud State Reformatory, St. Cloud, 1917
  80. Postcard: Minnesota: State Prison, Stillwater, undated
    Publisher: E. C. Kropp Co.
  81. Postcard: Minnesota: State Prison, Stillwater, undated
  82. Postcard: Minnesota: State Prison, Stillwater, 1909
    Publisher: W. C. Heilbron
  83. Postcard: Minnesota: State Prison, Main Prison Gate, Stillwater, undated
  84. Postcard: Minnesota: State Prison, Stillwater, undated
    Publisher: E. C. Kropp Co.
  85. Postcard: Missouri: Old Jail, St. Louis
  86. Postcard: Missouri: State Penitentiary, Jefferson City
  87. Postcard: Montanta: Montana State Prison, Deer Lodge
  88. Postcard: Nebraska: State Penitentiary, Lincoln
  89. Postcard: Nevada: State Prison, Carson City
    Scope and Content: This is a panoramic view of the exterior of the prison on a double postcard. 
  90. Postcard: New Hampshire: Jail, Keene
  91. Postcard: New Hampshire: Piscataque River and Naval Prison, Portsmouth
  92. Postcard: New Hampshire: State Prison, Concord
  93. Postcard: New Jersey: Burlington County Prison, Mount Holly
  94. Postcard: New Jersey: State Prison, Rahway
  95. Postcard: New Jersey: State Prison, Trenton
  96. Postcard: New Mexico: Territory Penitentiary, Santa Fe
  97. Postcard: New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  98. Postcard: New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  99. Postcard: New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  100. Postcard: New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  101. Postcard: New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  102. Postcard: New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  103. Postcard: New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  104. Postcard: New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  105. Postcard: New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  106. Postcard: New York: Auburn State Prison, Auburn
  107. Postcard: New York: "Waiting," Auburn State Prison
  108. Postcard: New York: Buffalo Jail, Buffalo
  109. Postcard: New York: Cattaraugus County Jail and Sheriff's Residence, Little Valley
  110. Postcard: New York: City Prison (the Tombs), New York City
  111. Postcard: New York: Clinton Prison, Dannemora
  112. Postcard: New York: Clinton Prison, Dannemora
  113. Postcard: New York: Fulton County Jail, Johnston
  114. Postcard: New York: Herkimer County Jail, Herkimer
  115. Postcard: New York: Niagara County Jail, Lockport
  116. Postcard: New York: Onondaga County Penitentiary, Syracuse
  117. Postcard: New York: Ontario County Jail, Canandaigua
  118. Postcard: New York: Rebel Prison, Elmira
  119. Postcard: New York: Sheriff's Residence and Jail, Mayville
  120. Postcard: New York: Sing Sing Prison, Ossining
  121. Postcard: New York: Sing Sing Prison, Ossining
  122. Postcard: New York: Sing Sing Prison, Ossining
  123. Postcard: New York: Sing Sing Prison, Ossining
  124. Postcard: New York: Electric Chair, Sing Sing
  125. Postcard: New York: State Reformatory, Elmira
  126. Postcard: New York: State Reformatory, Elmira
  127. Postcard: New York: State Reformatory, Napanoch
  128. Postcard: North Carolina: State Penitentiary, Raleigh
  129. Postcard: North Dakota: State Penitentiary, Bismarck
  130. Postcard: North Dakota: State Reform School, Mandan
  131. Postcard: Ohio: Ashtabula County Jail and Sheriff's Residence, Jefferson
  132. Postcard: Ohio: Belmont County Jail, St. Clairsville
  133. Postcard: Ohio: City Hall and Jail, Lorain
  134. Postcard: Ohio: County Jail, Akron
  135. Postcard: Ohio: County Jail, Toledo
  136. Postcard: Ohio: County Jail, West Union
  137. Postcard: Ohio: Court House and County Jail, Dayton
  138. Postcard: Ohio: Court House and Jail, Ravenna
  139. Postcard: Ohio: Hardin County Jail, Kenton
  140. Postcard: Ohio: Jail, Newark
  141. Postcard: Ohio: Lorain County Jail, Elyria
  142. Postcard: Ohio: Mercer County Jail, Celina
  143. Postcard: Ohio: Police Station, Akron
  144. Postcard: Ohio: Reformatory for Women, Marysville
  145. Postcard: Ohio: Reformatory for Women, Marysville
  146. Postcard: Ohio: Reformatory for Women, Marysville
  147. Postcard: Ohio: Reformatory for Women, Marysville
  148. Postcard: Ohio: Sandusky County Jail, Fremont
  149. Postcard: Ohio: Stark County Work House, Canton
  150. Postcard: Ohio: Stark County Work House, Canton
  151. Postcard: Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  152. Postcard: Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  153. Postcard: Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  154. Postcard: Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  155. Postcard: Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  156. Postcard: Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  157. Postcard: Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  158. Postcard: Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  159. Postcard: Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  160. Postcard: Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  161. Postcard: Ohio: State Penitentiary, Columbus
  162. Postcard: Ohio: State Reformatory, Mansfield
  163. Postcard: Ohio: State Reformatory, Mansfield
  164. Postcard: Ohio: State Reformatory, Mansfield
  165. Postcard: Ohio: State Reformatory, Mansfield
  166. Postcard: Ohio: State Reformatory, Mansfield
  167. Postcard: Ohio: State Reformatory, Mansfield
  168. Postcard: Ohio: Warrensville Farm Interior Court, Cleveland
  169. Postcard: Ohio: Wood County Jail, Bowling Green
  170. Postcard: Ohio: Wyandot County Jail, Upper Sandusky
  171. Postcard: Oklahoma: County Court House and Jail, Oklahoma City
  172. Postcard: Oklahoma: Court House and Jail, Ardmore
  173. Postcard: Oklahoma: State Penitentiary, McAlester
  174. Postcard: Oregon: State Penitentiary, Salem
  175. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Allegheny County Jail and Court House, Pittsburgh
  176. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Bedford County Jail, Bedford
  177. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Berks County Jail, Reading
  178. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Berks County Prison, Reading
  179. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Berks County Prison, Reading
  180. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Blair County Jail, Hollidaysburg
  181. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Cambria County Jail, Ebensburg
  182. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Carlisle Jail, Carlisle
  183. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Clearfield County Jail, Clearfield
  184. Postcard: Pennsylvania: County Jail, Towanda
  185. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Delaware County Jail, Media
  186. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Fayette County Jail, Uniontown
  187. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Huntington County Jail, Huntington
  188. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Jail, Norristown
  189. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Lackawanna County Jail, Scranton
  190. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Lancaster County Prison, Lancaster
  191. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Lehigh County Jail, Allentown
  192. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Luzerne County Prison, Wilkes Barre
  193. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Northumberland County Jail, Sunbury
  194. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Rockview Penitentiary, Rockview
  195. Postcard: Pennsylvania: Susquehanna County Jail, Montrose
  196. Postcard: Rhode Island: State Prison and County Jail, Howard
  197. Postcard: South Carolina: Jail, Chesterfield
  198. Postcard: South Dakota: State Penitentiary, Sioux Falls
  199. Postcard: South Dakota: State Penitentiary, Sioux Falls
  200. Postcard: Tennessee: State Penitentiary, Nashville
  201. Postcard: Texas: Court House and Jail, Waco
  202. Postcard: Texas: Federal Prison, La Tuna
  203. Postcard: Texas: Federal Prison, La Tuna
  204. Postcard: Texas: State Prison, Huntsville
  205. Postcard: Utah: State Prison, Salt Lake City
  206. Postcard: Utah: State Prison, Salt Lake City
  207. Postcard: Vermont: New Caledonia County Jail, St. Johnsbury
  208. Postcard: Vermont: State Prison, Windsor
  209. Postcard: Virginia: Jail, Princess Anne County
  210. Postcard: Virginia: Libby Prison, Richmond
  211. Postcard: Virginia: Libby Prison, Richmond
  212. Postcard: Virginia: Libby Prison, Richmond
  213. Postcard: Virginia: Libby Prison, Richmond
  214. Postcard: Virginia: Libby Prison, Richmond
  215. Postcard: Virginia: Libby Prison, Richmond
  216. Postcard: Virginia: Libby Prison, Richmond
  217. Postcard: Virginia: Libby Prison, Richmond
  218. Postcard: Virginia: Marine Corps Prison, Quantico
  219. Postcard: Virginia: Old Debtor's Prison, Gloucester
  220. Postcard: Virginia: Public Gaol, Williamsburg
  221. Postcard: Virginia: Public Gaol, Williamsburg
  222. Postcard: Virginia: State Penitentiary, Richmond
  223. Postcard: Washington: State Penitentiary, Walla Walla
  224. Postcard: West Virginia: Jail, Charleston
  225. Postcard: West Virginia: Jail, Charleston
  226. Postcard: West Virginia: State Penitentiary, Moundsville
  227. Postcard: West Virginia: State Penitentiary, Moundsville
  228. Postcard: West Virginia: State Penitentiary, Moundsville
  229. Postcard: Wisconsin: Armory, Police Station, and County Jail, Milwaukee
  230. Postcard: Wisconsin: State Prison, Waupun
  231. Postcard: Wisconsin: State Prison, Waupun
  232. Postcard: Wisconsin: State Prison, Waupun
  233. Postcard: Wisconsin: State Reformatory, Green Bay
  234. Postcard: Wyoming: State Penitentiary, Rawlins
  235. Postcard: Canada: Dominion Penitentiary, Kingston, Ontario
  236. Postcard: China: Death cages
  237. Postcard: France: Tour des Prisonniers, Autun
  238. Postcard: France: "Le Masque de Fer"
  239. Postcard: Germany: Carcer, Heidelberg
  240. Postcard: Iran: Ispahan, prison of Shah Abbasse, Teheran
  241. Postcard: Mexico: Jail, Ciudad Juarez
  242. Postcard: Mexico: Jail, Ciudad Juarez
  243. Postcard: Mexico: San Juan de Ulua, Veracruz
  244. Postcard: United Kingdom: Convict ship Success
  245. Postcard: United Kingdom: Dartmoor Prison, Princetown, Devonshire
  246. Postcard: United Kingdom: Dartmoor Prison, Princetown, Devonshire
  247. Postcard: United Kingdom: Dartmoor Prison, Princetown, Devonshire
  248. United Kingdom: door, Newgate Prison, London
  249. Postcard: United Kingdom: Old House of Confinement, Alfreton, Derbyshire
  250. Postcard: United Kingdom: Old Prison, Bodmin, Wales
  251. Postcard: United Kingdom: Old Prison, Bodmin, Wales
  252. Postcard: United Kingdom: Old Village Lock-up, Shrewton
  253. Postcard: United Kingdom: Prison, Portland
  254. Postcard: United Kingdom: Prison, Wakefield