Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / George C / Charles F

Willard Suitcases

I am attempting to make a push to upload as many new cases as I can over the next few months.

George C’s case is really blue!  It was empty save for a label.  You can see the other photos at the willardsuitcases.com site.  I am uploading the cases chronologically, and this is the beginning of a run of empty cases.  I ran the second kickstarted appeal specifically to document the entire collection, and even the empty ones are important to me.  (By the way, thanks to Peggy Ross for convincing me how important it was to photograph every case. I wouldn’t and couldn’t have done it without her help and support.)

Charles F / 5 May, 1946

One case stands out in this sequence though, especially as it was anything but empty.  Charles F’s possessions were amazing.  It  will take me days to go through it all, but I hope to have it up by the end of next week.  Above is his certificate of naturalization.  On the left you can see the list of clothing that came with him to Willard.  More soon.

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  1. Léa said, on 26/03/2016 at 1:39 am

    That second one has me green! Ah, the stories it yearns to tell…

  2. Dhyan Atkinson said, on 28/03/2016 at 12:27 pm

    Just when I get sad and think, “No more suitcase pictures” here come a few more. Just know I always click the links and look! Dhyan

    • joncrispin said, on 28/03/2016 at 2:11 pm

      Dhyan, I am really trying to move on uploads. My goal is 10 a week, and I will do my best to keep it going. Wait until you see Charles F. Amazing. Thanks for the support. Jon

  3. B L Swinney said, on 12/04/2016 at 9:45 am

    Can’t wait to see the other suitcases…Wonder why they are empty. I noticed the list in the photo. He must have packed everything he had or at least was important to him. The document would be so interesting to read and I noticed other letters there too. Will be anxiously waiting your updates.


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