Fletcher Sutherland and his daughters, c. 1880s. In 1882 the Barnum and Bailey Circus signed a new act, called the Seven Sutherland Sisters. The girls (Sarah, Victoria, Isabella, Grace, Naomi, Mary, and Dora) ranged in age from 18 to 36. The climax of the act came when the sisters would turn in unison, letting their voluminous tresses (a collective total of 36½ feet of hair) spill down their backs.. The group made a fortune selling hair growth tonic and related products.
Manteno State Hospital opened in 1930, and its population peaked in 1954 with just over 8,000 patients. Abandoned since closing in 1985. The writing in this room relays the story of Genevieve Pilarski, whose name's written in the tub on the upper left. She was a former patient who underwent everything from hydrotherapy and a lobotomy, to placement in an experimental research ward.