Jon Crispin's Notebook

Octoberfest!

Posted in Music, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 21/09/2016

play the accordion, go to jail

I spent an amazing day at the New York State Archives photographing patient records for the Willard Suitcases Project (I’ll post about that soon).  As Peg Ross, Karen Miller, and I were walking to lunch on the concours under the capitol buildings, this guy was there to help celebrate Octoberfest.  / Cristine once saw a bumper sticker that said “Play the accordion, go to jail”.  Hard to see in this small photo, but that is an A & W Root Beer on his accordion case to keep him hydrated.

DC / Van Ness

Posted in Cities, Transportation, Travel, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 20/09/2016

escalator

They have been working on the escalators at the Van Ness Metro stop for quite a while now.  Two down, one to go.  The LED lighting is very nice.

J R Training Ball

Posted in Uncategorized by joncrispin on 15/09/2016

80 Bardwells Ferry Road, Shelburn

I was photographing a house in Shelburn Falls today and was setting up in a shot in the billiard room.  I racked the balls and was surprised to see an extra one.

80 Bardwells Ferry Road, Shelburn

It is called the J R Training Ball, and even though I used to hang out in pool halls a lot as a kid, I have never seen one.  It is graphically beautiful.  I want one.

I looked online and found out they are for sale and are named after Jim Rempe.  Here’s what I found out about him.

Cold War Bunker (Revisited)

Posted in Abandoned Buildings, Government, historic buildings, History, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 11/09/2016

Cold War Bunker

I was looking at some photographs that I took in 2010 of artifacts from the Attica Prison uprising, and came across these shots from a visit to a nearby New York State cold war bunker.  I first mentioned it in a post here.

Cold War Bunker

When Craig Williams and I went down into the bunker, we were accompanied by a couple of local policemen who thought there might be people inside, as the gate had been forced open.  They checked it out and the space was empty, so we went in.  As you can see by the beads of water on the wall, it was really humid and musty.

Cold War Bunker

There was electricity, so most of the fluorescent lights were still working.

Cold War Bunker

Abandoned spaces have always fascinated me, and I’ve been lucky to get access to some amazing buildings.

Cold War Bunker

The idea that the usefulness of a place can end abruptly, and that an organization like the State of New York can basically walk away from it is especially interesting.  I had the same feeling with my Silent Voices project (click on “asylums”).

Cold War Bunker

It is amazing what gets left behind.  There is some pretty old technology in this shot.  My dad had a Wollensack tape recorder like the one above that I used to play with as a kid.

Cold War Bunker

There are usually lots of keys in places like this.

Cold War Bunker

I am not sure when New York State shut down these sites, but I believe there were 6 or 7 of them scattered around the state.

Cold War Bunker

There must have been some permanent staff who worked here, but I would guess that it was a small crew that could have been expanded on during a crisis.

Cold War Bunker

It must have been an interesting place to work.

Cold War Bunker

I realized while writing this post that I knew very little about the history of these sites, so with a quick internet search, I found this great resource.

Cold War Bunker

The U. S. Government logo for civil defense is a beautiful design; as I was growing up in the 60s it was everywhere.

Cold War Bunker

As were these old rotary phones.

Cold War Bunker

Both the Federal and State governments were active in distributing information about what to do in the case of an emergency situation, which seemed to always be about some sort of attack from the USSR.

Cold War Bunker

This is a page from an old Ridgid Tool calendar.  There were a bunch of these scattered around the floor.

Cold War Bunker

Here’s one last shot of the main room.  Thanks to Craig for setting me up to get into this place.  I’ll try to do something with the Attica artifacts sometime soon.

I finally figured out why I have so many new followers.  WordPress featured me on their main site, and I want to thank them for doing so.  I was going to try to explain to you recent followers what I am trying to do here, but it is kind of obvious if you just jump around through my previous posts.  So, welcome and thanks for following.

Hello!

Posted in Flowers, Nature, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 02/09/2016

crocus

I am never sure why this happens, but this site is getting rather a lot of traffic today.  Usually, a link gets published somewhere which mentions me for one reason or another, and I start getting emails from WordPress telling me I have new followers.  So welcome everyone; happy to have you stop by from time to time.  Wishing you all a great weekend.

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Willard Suitcases / Margaret D / Journal of Contemporary Archeology

Willard Suitcases
Margaret D
©2015 Jon Crispin

This case belongs to Margaret D, and she clearly liked beautiful underthings.  It is difficult to describe just how wonderful the fabric in these garments felt to the touch.

Willard Suitcases
Margaret D
©2015 Jon Crispin

Margaret was a nurse before she came to Willard, and she also brought along a massive collection of highly starched nurses uniforms.

Willard Suitcases
Margaret D
©2015 Jon Crispin

There had to have been at least 50 of these uniforms, and they were all folded nicely.

I first met Zoë Crossland shortly after she backed the first suitcases Kickstarter campaign.  She is an anthropology professor at Columbia University and has invited me on two different occasions to speak to her department about the suitcases.  Both visits were amazing, and I learned so much about the project from hearing what the faculty and staff had to say.  Over a year ago we started a dialogue about the project with hopes of getting it published.  Six months ago the Journal of Contemporary Archeology agreed to do so, and the online version was released late last week.  Here is a link to see a pdf of the article.  Scroll down to  “Download Media”  and click on the little icon next to “PDF”.  I am so proud to be a part of this as I think Zoë did a fantastic job of connecting my photographs with her interests as an archeologist/anthropologist.  There will be a print version available soon which can be ordered through the JCA.

Thanks for following.  I have been getting quite a few new subscribers to this site, so as a reminder, you can check out The Willard Suitcases site here.

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