The Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary or United States Penitentiary, Alcatraz Island
The Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary or United States Penitentiary, Alcatraz Island - maximum security federal prison on Alcatraz Island off the coast of San Francisco, California, USA. Operated as a jail from August 11, 1934, until March 21, 1963. The main prison building was built in 19101912 as a United States Army military prison which was the use at the time of the publication of this specific card. Date: circa 1920s
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
The Great Train Robbery-'commando raid' frees train robber
Front page of The Illustrated London News reporting on the latest episode in the Great Train Robbery saga. As Ronald Biggs clambers with there other prisoners over Wandsworth Gaol wall, the rest of the exercise squad obstruct the prison wardens. Following his escape, Ronnie Biggs fled to Brazil where he fathered a child and successfully evaded extradition by the authorities. In 2001, Biggs voluntarily returned to the UK to serve the remainer of his sentance, but following ill health was released from custody the day before his 80th birthday, on 'compassionate grounds'.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
USA - City Prison, New York. Referred to as 'The Tombs'
USA - City Prison, New York. Referred to as 'The Tombs' - The Tombs, New York. The Tombs is the colloquial name for the Manhattan Detention Complex (formerly the Bernard B. Kerik Complex), a jail in Lower Manhattan at 125 White Street, as well as the popular name of a series of preceding downtown jails, the first of which was built in 1838 in the Egyptian Revival style of architecture.. Part of Box 160 Modern New York, Boswell collection. Date: circa 1900
© The Boswell Collection, Bexley Heritage Trust / Mary Evans