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    Alcatraz Penitentiary miniature model used by FBI and in filming of Escape from Alcatraz. (ca. 1950s-1960s) Vintage original precise model miniature of Alcratraz Island high-security Penitentiary measuring a monumental 97 x 17 x 50 in. Constructed of modeler's materials including wood, cardboard, fiberglass, modeler's lichen, soil, multi-media and more. The miniature is minutely detailed from the tiny windows of each structure to the green brush and vegetation on the hillside to to the roiling ocean surrounding the island. Between 1958 - 1963, Richard Waszak was a Federal Bureau of Prisons officer stationed on Alcatraz. With no architectural reference documents available, Waszak used aerial photos and his extensive knowledge of the island to construct this exact architectural scale model. During the notorious escape of Frank Morris and the Anglin brothers, the model on display in the Warden's office was used to aid the FBI and US Marshall Service in their search. In 1979 the model appeared in Escape from Alcatraz. In 1980 the model was displayed for the 50th Anniversary of the United States Bureau of Prisons. While The Smithsonian Museum expressed an interest in the model, they had no space for display. The model exhibits minor age. It remains in vintage very good to fine condition.

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    December, 2018
    11th Tuesday
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