Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / Beginning Margaret D


I have finished editing everything we shot in 2014 and have finally moved on to 2015.  Margaret D came to Willard with pretty much her entire household, including her car.  I have posted about her before, including this link which talks a bit about her life before Willard.


She was a nurse who lived in the Ithaca area, and came to the institution with a number of highly starched uniforms and hats.


Peg and I shot this trunk in February of 2014 and we finished photographing all of her possessions 4 months later.  Quite a collection.


I will continue to post updates here as I work my way through all of Margaret’s things.


It is exciting to think about completing the editing process on the project.  Once my schedule opens up I’ll be able to really push exhibits and publication.  Thanks for following, and to those of you who have been in direct contact I really appreciate the feedback.

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  1. Dhyan Atkinson said, on 02/08/2017 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Jon, I, of course, notice the bits of lace. I’m guessing they are crochet since your picture shows a packet of crochet needles but it could be tatting. I think about the problem of making lace. You can’t just cut it to make it shorter so a crocheter would have to know the exact length of the lace wanted. Unless the lace was crocheted right onto the garment edge. So interesting these pictures! I wouldn’t want to have to wear that corset! Dhyan

  2. Animal CSI said, on 03/08/2017 at 5:59 am

    This is beautiful.

  3. Léa said, on 04/08/2017 at 1:40 am

    Such a privilege! So many stories. What a field day a writer would have…

  4. Ani said, on 04/08/2017 at 6:31 pm

    You think you’ll adjust to the sadness of each case’s contents, but they always get to me. The fact that she brought her nurses cap, costume jewelry, lace patterns and the slight soiling on the robe’s collar… heavy sigh.

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