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Aaron Natera
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I have both editions of London and each uses the same artwork for the Brixton Prison card. What exactly is this supposed to be portraying?
(The image is badly cropped in the new version, so it's a bit easier to see in the old.)

Basically you have 3 guys wearing 'fast food' hats with their backs toward you walking up what looks like super short stairs into small stalls behind a long bar... (Are these bathroom urinals???) And then in the foreground are three guys facing you with the same weird hats, (except one has lost his), and they are standing? Sitting? Thinking about something? Flipping burgers?

I simply have no idea what is going on in this picture. Can anyone illuminate me?
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brixton prison was one of the first prisons to introduce a prisoner treadmill. the art on the card shows three prisoners, their backs facing the viewer, walking the stairs of the treadmill. the three prisoners in the foreground, facing the viewer, are sitting on a bench that spanned the length of the treadmill.


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THANK YOU nunyabisnas!!!! That's awesome info. The picture has real meaning for me now.
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What was the purpose of the treadmill?
 
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jari58 wrote:
What was the purpose of the treadmill?


It's prison. No purpose needed. Kind of like breaking rocks in the hot sun.
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senorcoo wrote:
jari58 wrote:
What was the purpose of the treadmill?


It's prison. No purpose needed. Kind of like breaking rocks in the hot sun.


Punishment...whistle
 
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jari58 wrote:
What was the purpose of the treadmill?


Unwittingly training their leg muscles so they can run further when they attempt to escape.
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jari58 wrote:
What was the purpose of the treadmill?


To make the night lights come on?
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senorcoo wrote:
It's prison. No purpose needed. Kind of like breaking rocks in the hot sun.


What, no purpose? I assumed we were fossil hunting.


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nunyabisnas wrote:
brixton prison was one of the first prisons to introduce a prisoner treadmill. the art on the card shows three prisoners, their backs facing the viewer, walking the stairs of the treadmill. the three prisoners in the foreground, facing the viewer, are sitting on a bench that spanned the length of the treadmill.




Brixton Prison was years ahead of its time. People nowadays pay about £50 a month to do much the same thing.


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I wonder what I would consider to be worse punishment, the treadmill or the weird hats?
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