Alcatraz Island

Last weekend on our trip to San Francisco, we visited Alcatraz Island. I found it completely fascinating! Listening to the audio tour was so interesting. You really got a good idea of what life was like there. Below are some of the pictures I took.
This is a typical cell. 6x9x7
Here is shot from the library. According to the tour, inmates got one book (not of their choice) at a time.
Below is cell block D. This is where the solitary confinement cells were located.
This is looking out from a solitary cell. The outside door shuts and you're in complete darkness. I cannot even fathom what it must have been like to spend days/weeks in here.
At night and especially on holidays, the sounds of parties and laughter would drift across the bay, reminding the inmates of the free life they could not be part of.
Since I was so intrigued by the prison, I decided to get this autobiography by Jim Quillen, a former inmate. So far the book is very good but sad. He had a difficult life from his earliest years on. It's no wonder he ended up in Alcatraz at 22 years old.

On a completely different note, I will be having a HUGE SALE at A Cup Full of Sunshine Vintage this Friday and Saturday. Everything will be 40% off and if you are a follower of my blog, you get an extra 10% off by writing I LOVE VINTAGE in the "message to buyer" section of your purchase. So go check out my shop and see what tickles your fancy!


  1. WOW! This is so fascinating! I absolutely love history and would like to someday go to Alcatraz! Fantastic pictures and I will check out your sale!

  2. Wow, those pictures are gorgeous! You are very talented!

    As for my blog post title, "we kindle and char, inflame and ignite," it comes from the song "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)"

    Thank you for your kind words and your interest...no one ever seems to care much about the post titles :)

  3. Love these photos!! I was just in the city over the weekend. Sending you a hug! xo

  4. Thanks for sharing! I really want to visit there one day, just for the hell of it.

  5. Those are great shots!!! Yeah that solitaire confinement must have been torture all in itself!!! :( It's gotta be so disheartening to hear about the things that went wrong in a persons life that got them to that point... we are fortunate, I am grateful!!!

  6. I've been to San Francisco a while back and saw the Alcatra island from the pier. Now I know that next time I go back, I HAVE to go to the island! Was it scary?

  7. your trip looks like so much fun and i'm loving these pictures :)

  8. I've been to, i Alcatraz. It gave me the creeps, I thought it was so spooky! Awesome pictures though!


  9. Gosh, I can't believe I live so close and have never been. It sounds like it would be a really interesting/spooky place to tour. Your account was wonderful!

  10. that's very intriguing. i've always wanted to know what it's like inside of a prison. I actually made a persuasive speech about solitary confinement for my public speaking class this past semester. It's really interesting.

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