Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / Margaret D / Car

Posted in Automobiles, History, Mental Health, Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 24/02/2015

  Margaret D arrived at Willard with almost her entire household as well as her car.  Which in this case was a Dodge Brothers Coupe that she bought new in 1934.  Here is what Hemmings has to say about it.  An amazing automobile.

This is the first page of the notebook where she kept track of trips that she took in it.  I am quite familiar with the first legs of the journey, having grown up in Western Pennsylvania.  Especially the Salamanca, NY to Bradford, PA leg.  And my great friend and college roommate Gail grew up in Ridgeway, where I have spent quite a bit of time.

I am just blown away when I think about the stories contained in these suitcases.  Thanks for following along with me.

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  1. Léa said, on 25/02/2015 at 7:09 am

    Will you be showing more of Margaret’s things?

    • joncrispin said, on 26/02/2015 at 1:09 pm

      Hi Lea, oh yes, I’ll be showing lots from her collection. Thanks, Jon

  2. Angelika BC said, on 25/02/2015 at 9:54 am

    A fascinating woman! 🙂

  3. marketing4introverts said, on 25/02/2015 at 2:25 pm

    One of my roommates once came home with a spur-of-the-moment purchase of singularly well-preserved 56′ Chevy. Oh what memories came back just by riding in it. The spaciousness, the look, feel, smell. The crank down windows. Amazing. Looking forward to more of Margaret’s pictures. Dhyan

  4. obermoeller said, on 25/02/2015 at 5:45 pm

    I don’t get to this blog often, but I always enjoy seeing the Willard Suitcases. Love the photography and what you’re doing. Thanks for sharing.

  5. […] As I have mentioned before, Margaret came to Willard with almost everything she had accumulated up to that point in her life.  Yesterday we came across her 1939 and 1940 1040A forms and quite a few photographs.  Inside of a photo envelope labeled “Easter Greetings” was a picture of the car that I mentioned in this post. […]


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