Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / Michael D’A


It was clear to us when we were setting up Michael’s shot that the wrapping contained crutches.


They were in remarkable shape for being so old.


Michael came to Willard from Manhattan State Hospital on Ward’s Island, but unfortunately we don’t have a date for his admittance.


As I was editing the photographs this morning, I couldn’t remember precisely why I took the closeup shot below.


As I looked closely the faint marks on the crutch stood out.  I wonder if he was making them in order to count days at Ward’s Island before he came to Willard.

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  1. careofnyjohn lichak said, on 24/07/2017 at 1:07 pm

    I see that they came Express Hayt’s Corners, my guess they came in by train

    • joncrispin said, on 25/07/2017 at 8:24 pm

      Hi John, Nice to hear from you. You probably know more about this than most people. Was Hayt’s Corners the nearest RR stop to Willard? Thanks, Jon

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