Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / Charles F

Posted in Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 04/10/2013

I have started shooting two days a week at the museum in an attempt to get through all 400 cases.  I have a long way to go.  Last week Peg was not able to help out and I was only able to get through 4 empty cases in a day..  She was with me this Wednesday and Thursday and we really wailed.  We were able to get through several empty cases and then started on Charles F’s collection; 2 small cases and a huge trunk with 4 archival boxes filled with his possessions.  He was such an interesting fellow and had saved very interesting items.  He was born in Russia in 1861, became a US citizen in 1896 and was admitted to Willard in 1946.  He died there and is buried in Ithaca.

Amazing.

I have slowly been uploading more cases to the gallery on willardsuitcases.com.  Check it out by clicking on “The Cases” in the tabs section at the top of the page.

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  1. notsofancynancy said, on 04/10/2013 at 11:12 pm

    I love these suitcases and they way you bring the people to life.

  2. leamuse said, on 05/10/2013 at 12:33 am

    If you ever tire of this assignment… Actually, I would love to follow you around there and write the stories these suitcases tell!


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