Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / Michael D’A

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

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They were in remarkable shape for being so old.

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

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

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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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