I work as an inspector of products.
I was at a safe but close distance to a worker.
The worker started his work, and I looked the other way.
My boss, seeing this, complimented me.
None of the three of us are corrupt, and there is no secret agreement between any of us.
What is up?
Starting to talk about a news magazine of the past, it seems meta to make the first post on it be about news papers it covered.
TItles of Prison-Papers
Published in the Religion and Social Service section of the January 22, 1916 edition of the Literary Digest is an article on “The New Prison-Journalism” with these examples of
name plates of various prison news papers. We see, in approximately top to bottom, then left to right order:
The Index – too generic a name to be able to find out where it was published
The Bulletin – same as above, but appears to say “California”.
Ohio Penitentiary News – presumably
here. The Prison Monitor – according to the sub, it was published in Windsor, Vermont. This puts it at the now Southeast State Correctional Facility.
The Mentor – too generic and no subtitle
The Umpire – appears to say “Philadelphia”, so I am assuming it came from
Eastern State. Industrial School Times – can’t tell. There were legions of “Industrial Schools” in the United States as well as in other English language countries.
Mo??? Record – if we assume it is the Monitor-Record, that doesn’t help us at all.
The Joliet Prison Post – obviously
this one. The Better Citizen – my favorite name of the list, from
here. The Reformatory Pillar –
this place. The Chronicle – the sub says “reformatory”, but I can’t tell where.
The Mirror –
another Minnesota one, which is evidently still going! Lend a Hand – this unreadable head I could only figure out by reading the article. It is from the
Oregon (State) Penitentiary. The Pioneer – sub says Illinois State Reformatory, which is now
a general prison. The Penitentiary Bulletin – sub says “State of Kansas / Lansing”. That would make it
this place. The Reflector – This one says Jeffersonville, Indiana, so it must be
this facility. Good Words – Being in Atlanta, Georgia, means it is almost certainly the Federal prison
USP, Atlanta. Reformatory Press – From Anamosa, Iowa’s
former reformatory. Stray Shots – What a terrible name for a prison news paper.
Leavenworth New Era – Another Federal one, presumably
the civilian one and not the military one. Interestingly, an escapee from this place made it to Canada and turned mayor! Summary – I can barely make out “Elmira”, so it is likely
this New York State facility. Our View Point – obviously the
Washington State Penitentiary in Washington, as opposed to the similarly named place in… Georgia. The Reflector – not the same as the previous one, no idea to its location.
Star of Hope – per the article,
Sing Sing. The Corrector – sub says Chicago, so I’m guessing the
Cook County Jail?
Aside of the titles, the article presents the feeling of the time as one of reform and improvement, both of society and self. Maybe it will come again?
…is putting it down in permanent form. I love to imagine things, but to then write them down, is hard.
Some of it I know is the loss of fidelity that comes with moving from the mind outward, but most of it is just the annoyance that it takes
This is also why my posts here are scarcer than they should be.