Heidelberg University Karzer, 1900

Students at the University of Heidelberg take a break from their studies while smoking opium.  These students are housed/held in the university prison room known as the Karzer  (c. 1900)     Share page on:

We Were Kids, 1971

“We played out our fantasies like children. We were kids playing “grown-up games.” You can be whatever you want to be when you’re a kid.” – From Jerry Rubin’s Cook County Prison Journal ‘We Are Everywhere’ – 1971   Share Read More …

Reefer Resort, 1948

Mitchum’s attorney, the famed Jerry Giesler, told the court the indictment against his handsome client was void and invalid because its language was “indefinite, uncertain, and unintelligible.” “Parts of it,” he said, “aren’t even in the English language. The only Read More …

Disperceptions of Unknown Cause, 1951

“For every drug that benefits a patient, there is a natural substance that can achieve the same effect.” -Dr. Carl Pfeiffer Dr. Harry L. Williams (left) administers LSD to Dr. Carl Pfeiffer, chairman of Emory University’s Pharmacological Department, in 1955 Read More …

Hemp: The Prison Pounding, 1798

“Poor pilgrims blithe and jolly, in penance for past folly.” -Seceders in limbo -Vagabonds made useful. 1798 etching Hemp: The Prison Pounding As I’ve discussed in my earlier story ‘The Poor House’ (link to the story here ), many institutions Read More …

A Smugglers Tale, 1736

“The ship was moor’d—the oars were plied— The boats moved on athwart the tide, And steered their course direct to land, Well fraught with goods, though contraband. The landsmen gathered there in swarms, Receiv’d the same with open arms; And, Read More …