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Several patient collages still remain in Henryton's hallways. The jarring contrasts between subjects in the collages is somewhat disturbing and poignant. The one that stands out to me is the haunting girl with the black hair in the upper right - if you look closely you'll note that her left arm has been scratched off the collage. There is a deep strain of melancholy in the picture that permeates even the 'happy' images. Other examples of such collages exist, such as the faded food collage left in the cafeteria.

Henryton State Hospital, Henryton MD. 2006. Photograph and text by Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America. If you'd like to learn more about this location, it is a featured chapter in the book "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences," which you can order signed copies of here. It's also available (unsigned) through Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Powells/Indiebound/Booksamillion. You may also be interested in my new book, Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream, available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other online booksellers across the globe.

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