T2009.002.222 Straitjacket, Oregon State Hospital Museum
This straitjacket is thought to be from the Eastern Oregon State Hospital in Pendleton. It has a tag in the back that reads “Melrose 4000.” It is well-worn, and there are patches on both shoulders where the canvas fabric has been torn and repaired.
Another interesting note. Although this straitjacket was commercially made, a 1918-1920 record book (T2011.002.016) from the OSH sewing department lists straitjackets as one of the many garments that were being produced at the hospital. Other garments included: overalls, jumpers, mittens, restraint sheets, white coats, and pants. The sewing department also pressed and cleaned suits, made alterations and repaired pants.