Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / Stuart B / Oscar Wilde

Willard Suitcases 2013 Jon Crispin

I am getting a lot of editing done lately, and am feeling great about the images.

Willard Suitcases ©2013 Jon Crispin

Stuart’s (maybe Stuert, it appears both ways) case was full of interesting toiletries.  Several of the residents had Dr. Lyon’s Tooth Powder.

Willard Suitcases ©2013 Jon Crispin

I have always wanted to avoid “fetishizing” the objects that came to Willard with the patients, but the design of the items in Stuert’s case really grabbed me.

Willard Suitcases ©2013 Jon Crispin

The attention to detail in commercial design during the time of these products is impressive.

Willard Suitcases ©2013 Jon Crispin

This Ever-Ready shaving brush had quite a bit of use.

Willard Suitcases ©2013 Jon Crispin

I love the typeface (or is it font?) on the Mennen talcum powder.  One wonders about the “neutral” tint, and on just how many faces it wouldn’t show.

Willard Suitcases ©2013 Jon Crispin

The above image is one of my favorites from the project.

Willard Suitcases ©2013 Jon Crispin

The Mennen Company is still in business, and are mostly known for their deodorants.

Willard Suitcases ©2013 Jon Crispin

Lander Perfumer; New York, Memphis, Montreal, and……Binghamton!

Willard Suitcases ©2013 Jon Crispin

I am glad I (or Peg) thought to photograph the back of the “Locktite Humidizer”.

Willard Suitcases ©2013 Jon Crispin

It keeps your tobacco fresh, and they are definitely out of business.

Willard Suitcases ©2013 Jon Crispin

Thanks for following.  I have been uploading a ton of new cases on the Willard Suitcases site.  Go check it out, and don’t forget to click on the “view all” link at the bottom of each page.  25 is the default number and in many instances, there are more than that number in the gallery.

I was listening to “With Great Pleasure” on Radio 4 today while I was editing these photographs and heard this Oscar Wilde quote from “De Profundus”.  “Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground”.  I think he was right on the money.

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  1. elkkid said, on 02/01/2017 at 10:01 pm

    Wow, these are some of my favorites from your efforts. Gorgeous containers — and they look so new. What wonderful opportunities for pure design in your photography! Love it.

    • joncrispin said, on 03/01/2017 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks so much elkkid. I really appreciate your comment. It is very encouraging.

  2. Judy Rahn said, on 02/01/2017 at 10:54 pm

    Wow~ Oscar Wilde was a patient at Willard? Just kidding, the post title was only a little misleading

  3. Tammy K said, on 05/01/2017 at 8:36 pm

    Amazing I am so intrigued with this suitcase project you are amazing ! Thank you 😊

  4. Dhyan Atkinson said, on 09/01/2017 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Jon, I also love looking at all the details. And your photographs are so great! Ah the differences between an iPhone and a real camera! Over Christmas I took a look at the scrap books my mother kept as a young girl and a young woman. I clearly don’t want to save everything. My mother was not Anne Frank she was just a happy teenager in the Depression era and post WWI. I have been thinking about how to photograph the pages and what to keep and what not to keep. Looking at this post after taking some pictures over Christmas, reminds me that when I actually do the project, to remember to take pictures of the small details as well as the larger picture. Thanks! Dhyan

    • joncrispin said, on 11/01/2017 at 11:44 am

      Dhyan, glad that my photos made you think about how you want to document your mom’s scrapbook. Hope you are well. jon


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