Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / Charles F

Willard Suitcases Project

I mentioned earlier this week that I was hoping to get Charles F’s photographs uploaded by the end of the week, and here is a sample.  To see the rest of the collection, please go to the Willard Suitcases site.

Willard Suitcases Project

From the little I know about Charles, he came to Willard somewhat later in his life. I have no way of knowing if the portrait in the above photograph is he, or someone near to him, but whenever I think about his life, this image comes to mind.

Willard Suitcases Project

The tassels on his tallit are especially evocative to me.

Willard Suitcases Project

I believe that this is the publisher of some of his books.  I did a search for it but came up empty.  Any help would be welcome.

Willard Suitcases Project

His starched collars were still in quite good condition.

Willard Suitcases Project

I have no way of knowing if he was in the military, but I would guess that this canteen was army surplus.

Willard Suitcases Project

Here is a close up of his naturalization papers, which date to October of 1896.

Willard Suitcases Project

Many of the suitcases in the collection contain scraps of paper with hand-written notes on them.  I find that these can be especially interesting.

Willard Suitcases Project

 One of Charles’ cases had this selection tools (and a razor).

Willard Suitcases Project

  Please check out the rest of my photographs of Charles’ possessions on the suitcases site, and thanks for following.

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  1. jamtur01 said, on 01/04/2016 at 3:25 pm

    Druk Sikora i Mylner is the name of the publisher, literally Sikora & Mylner Printing. It’s Polish and located in Warsaw in Nowolipki, which is both a street and a district in Warsaw. The 6 at the end probably indicates it means the street. Given it’s a Jewish publisher it’s highly unlikely it survived the Second World War.

    • joncrispin said, on 05/04/2016 at 11:35 am

      jamtur01, thank you very much for the information. I am always thrilled to get your comments. All best, Jon

  2. convictsrus said, on 06/04/2017 at 5:15 am

    I am guessing that you probably don’t have a favourite suitcase as I think it would be near impossible to photograph this collection if you thought too hard anout that, but me, I now have a favourite and it’s Charles F. Being that he was a Polish Jewish man, he would have already had a stigma attached to him but to have a mental illness of some sort would have been horrendous. I would love to find out more about him. Congratulations on your work, it has me hooked.

    • joncrispin said, on 06/04/2017 at 9:29 am

      Dear convictsrus, thanks so much for your comments. I really appreciate them. Sometimes I feel like I am working in a vacuum, and it makes me so pleased to know that you are interested enough in the collection to comment. I am really grateful for your interest. Jon

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