Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / Margaret D / Post #3

Posted in History, Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 03/03/2015

We have been learning quite a bit about Margaret’s life before she came to Willard.  She worked at Herman M. Biggs Memorial Hospital in Ithaca as a nurse, and at some point had some sort of surgery.  There were a large number of get well cards in the boxes we worked on yesterday, many of which had lovely personal notes on the inside.  It was clear that she was very well liked by her friends and co-workers.

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.

In the same envelope was a photograph of the hospital in Ithaca where she once worked. / Peggy Ross was especially helpful yesterday, and I wanted to thank her again for all her hard work on the project.  Her organizational skills are only outweighed by her cheerful spirit, which when shooting in a darkish and chilly storage facility is very much welcomed.

There has been quite a bit of attention to the project lately and with many new folks coming to this site, I wanted to remind everyone that I am continually uploading earlier shoots to the willardsuitcases.com site.  Check it out if you haven’t been there lately, and thanks for following.

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  1. Alison J. said, on 03/03/2015 at 10:32 am

    Poignant as always, beautifully depicted. Thanks Jon for continued glimpses into lives and people via these extraordinary time capsules.

  2. Mark R. said, on 03/03/2015 at 2:18 pm

    Very interesting set, Thank you Jon for your continued work!

  3. […] D. was a came to Willard with almost all of her household, including her car.  I posted here and here about her before.  The cutlery in the La Lure box is very […]

  4. […] I have finished editing everything we shot in 2014 and have finally moved on to 2015.  Margaret D came to Willard with pretty much her entire household, including her car.  I have posted about her before, including this link which talks a bit about her life before Willard. […]


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