What’s it?

New York City Aug 28-30, 2021 Photographs by Christopher OKeefe

On the tour of the abandoned hospital on Ellis Island, they bring you into a room and ask you what you think this rather large contraption iin the wall is for. Many people think it is for cremating bodies. Not quite. It is to sterilize mattresses. Put a mattress in, turn up the heat, and no more bedbugs.

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