Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / Joseph A. and a presentation in Auburn, NY

Posted in Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 31/10/2014

I am back shooting suitcases after a bit of a break.  Peg has been traveling as have I, and it feels great to be working on the project again. / Joseph A. has a huge number of items in the collection.  There were about 15 museum boxes in one of the big storage containers.  It is always a bit intimidating with so many artifacts, especially when a large number of the items are clothing.  In Joseph’s case it was interesting because half of the clothes were women’s.  It wasn’t until we got deep into the setup that we found this card with the “Wife’s clothing” writing on it.  As with most of the information that we glean from the objects, we can only guess the circumstances of Joseph’s admission to Willard.  In this case though, it is very likely that his wife was deceased and he brought all her things with him.  (This included a ton of household items such as sheets, towels, napkins, etc.)  Very sad and touching.

I will be presenting the project at the Seward House Museum in Auburn, NY on (next) Wednesday the 5th of November.  The event is at the Auburn Public Theatre at 7.00 PM and there is a $10.00 admission fee ($5.00 for members).  I will also be talking about my NY State prison documentation project.  If you follow this blog, please come up and say hi.  It would be great to meet you.

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  1. A. I. Sajib said, on 04/11/2014 at 7:23 am

    I just sent an email using your photoshelter contact form and then I figured you are in New York. I was hoping you were around Dhaka so that perhaps we would have the chance to meet up. Anyway, good luck with your presentation. I would have definitely come to the theatre if I was in NY. I’m hoping to apply for a student visa there. If it succeeds, then perhaps we can meet someday. 🙂

    • joncrispin said, on 04/11/2014 at 10:08 am

      Dear A.I. Thanks for your comment and for checking out my wordpress site. I hope to get back to Bangladesh sometime, and it might happen as my wife is still doing some work for a few groups in Dhaka. If I make it, I will post here, and you can contact me. It would be great to meet and talk about photography. I checked out your blog and really enjoyed it, especially the overhead cricket shots. All best, Jon

      • A. I. Sajib said, on 04/11/2014 at 10:35 am

        Thanks for replying to my comment. I’ve also received your email. I’m honored that you’ve taken a look at my blog. 🙂 I will be waiting for you to come over here. I’m sure we’ll enjoy our meetup.

        Have a nice day.

  2. […] Joseph A’s possessions, and I was really eager to finish up.  I posted about that day here.  Most of what was in his two large trunks was clothing, and as I have said before, setting up […]


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