Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / Alice M.

Posted in History, Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 05/02/2014

When I am working with the suitcases, my biggest reaction comes when I open a case for the first time.  I just never know what to expect.

I have always like these wicker-like suitcases and this one is particularly interesting.

I just didn’t expect to see such an amazing lining when I opened Alice’s case.  It took my breath away.

 She was admitted to Willard on 6th October, 1941.

The second Kickstarter appeal has been up for less than 48 hours, and I am really excited.  Thanks for all the support.

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  1. Suzanne Waldron said, on 05/02/2014 at 9:34 pm

    I am wondering if you have ever heard from any relatives of the patients. Perhaps someone recognized the name or the suitcase.

    • joncrispin said, on 06/02/2014 at 12:10 pm

      Suzanne, thanks for the question. I have been contacted by several folks who had relatives at Willard, but only one that had a distant connection to a suitcase owner. If you would like to learn more about the project, check out my FAQ tab on the suitcases site. Click here.

  2. careofny said, on 06/02/2014 at 7:32 am

    The tag says Elliot Hall Ward 6. That was our Med/Surgical building at Willard.

  3. Jen said, on 06/02/2014 at 8:44 am

    Your posts still take MY breath away. And this suitcase is gorgeous. So many stories to tell.

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