Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / Rodrigo L’s Books (Update)

Posted in History, Mental Health, philippine history, psychiatric centers, suitcases by joncrispin on 14/10/2015

Rodrigo had quite a few books.  While shooting yesterday we came across several objects that he had pressed between pages.  This feather is breathtakingly beautiful, and I love the discoloration on the opposite page.

This moth was quite intact.

But the dragonfly had lost one of its wings.

This is a classic oak leaf.

This is the book from which these came.  Here is a link to some information about José Rizal.

Thanks for following.

My buddy Dhyan had some information about the insects.  Here’s what she says.  Thanks!

  • That is a butterfly not a moth.  Butterfly wings go up.  Moth wings lay flat on the back. 
  • You have no idea how much time I “lose” because I get interested in things you publish.  I think this butterfly may be a kind of fritillary.  See attached pictures.  The one in the book is pretty faded. I didn’t see anything “exactly” like it in google.
  • Also, I think, looking at the picture that all the dragonfly wings are actually there.  Dragonflies have two on each side and there are four wings in the picture.

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  1. tardistravelling said, on 24/10/2015 at 8:22 am

    Hello I’m a Filipino and I’m an avid follower of your Willard suitcases project. If it’s okay to ask, I am very curious about the reason why he was admitted to the asylum? Thank you so much!🙂

    • joncrispin said, on 29/10/2015 at 1:49 pm

      Dear Tardis, Thanks for your interest in the project. On Tuesday I finished shooting Rodrigo’s possessions, and his life before Willard was very full and interesting. Since I don’t have access to the medical files of the patients, I don’t know what his particular situation was. I’ll eventually be posting all his photos on the willardsuitcases.com site. Best, Jon

      • tardistravelling said, on 31/10/2015 at 12:04 pm

        Thank you so much! He looks like he’s interested in both science and literature just by seeing his stuff that you already posted. Thank you so much and I hope you will continue this good work you’ve already started.🙂

  2. This was really interesting. Again it provokes thought about why Rodrigo chose these objects to “press” as a memory. Did you say they were all found in one book? If, so, may I ask the name of the book? Perhaps he went on a nature walk or maybe he was with someone else and was enjoying a day of sharing with a friend. Interesting. I will be looking forward to more posts.

    • joncrispin said, on 11/11/2015 at 8:45 am

      Hi Barbara, I’ll look up the name of the book. And yes, all the pressings were in the one book. Thanks for following, Jon

    • joncrispin said, on 11/11/2015 at 8:47 am

      It was the book on the bottom of the post. J


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