Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / Margaret D / 2 March 2015


I just uploaded another batch of photos to Margaret’s page.  Check it out if you get the chance.  (Make sure you click on the “view all” button; the default view is 25 per page.)


I think this little Devon Violets vase is beautiful.


This lone pill was wrapped in the paper on which it is placed.  It is difficult to read the pencil writing but it looks like amid(something) barbital.


Having seen other photographs of her, I am quite certain that it is Margaret in these shots.

Have a great weekend everyone, and thanks for following.

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  1. Doris said, on 11/08/2017 at 8:54 pm

    Thank you for this project! My heart is touched by each photo. You are very talented and a great voice for these people that would/could have been forgotten…God Bless.

    • joncrispin said, on 12/08/2017 at 3:47 pm

      Doris, you are so kind. Thanks so much for your comment. I am grateful for your encouragement. Best, Jon

  2. Tania M said, on 11/08/2017 at 9:09 pm

    I’ve gone back and looked at all of Margaret’s photos. I did not notice anything in your posts and was wondering what would have happened to her car.

    • joncrispin said, on 12/08/2017 at 3:46 pm

      Tania, thanks for your comment. The State of New York sold the car through auction. I wonder what happened to it. Best, Jon

  3. Léa said, on 12/08/2017 at 4:11 am

    Wow, you have hit the Mother Load! What a rare and special privileged and my inner writer would have a field day with that treasure.

    • joncrispin said, on 12/08/2017 at 3:45 pm

      Léa, I would encourage you to write something. It is surprising to me how much the photos have stimulated a diverse group of creative souls. Best, Jon

      • Léa said, on 13/08/2017 at 12:34 am

        It is no surprise to me. I don’t suppose you plan on bringing them to the south of France any time soon? Regards, Léa

  4. Ani said, on 12/08/2017 at 9:39 am

    I find this one to be the most lamentable suitcase of them all. Doubt that I could have photographed it without welling up repeatedly. The fact that she had to bring all her belongings with her… and likely hadn’t a soul willing to create a tiny space to store her things.

    • joncrispin said, on 12/08/2017 at 3:43 pm

      Ani, she was such an interesting person, as I have come to know her through her belongings. Thank you so much for your comments while I have been working on this project. I really appreciate your encouragement. If you send me an email with your mailing address, I’ll send a series of postcards. All best to you. Jon

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