Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / Margaret D / 17 June 2015

Willard Suitcases Margaret D ©2015 Jon Crispin

I am pretty sure that this was the last day we photographed any of Margaret D’s things. It is possible that as I move through the editing process I will come across more of her possessions, but I think this is it.

Willard Suitcases Margaret D ©2015 Jon Crispin

It was a mixed bag of items that we saw on this day.

Willard Suitcases Margaret D ©2015 Jon Crispin

Here is more of her work with a needle and thread.

Willard Suitcases / Margaret D

This little button caught my eye.

Willard Suitcases  Margaret D ©2015 Jon Crispin

I did a quick internet search for “TU-TEE” and found nothing.  This almost never happens anymore.  A commercial product with an interesting concept and zilch!  “This game is something different, and enjoyed by old and young alike.  It is replacing progressive card games in many sections of the country.”  Apparently not in that many sections of the country or there would be some evidence of it.  (Edit.  As I was reading this post once it was public, I realized that the type face on the TU-TEE box looks exactly like the one I use for all of these posts.  It is Palatino, and I’ve been using it for years.  What a strange coincidence.)

Willard Suitcases  Margaret D ©2015 Jon Crispin

This cup and saucer are so delicate and lovely.

So, that’s it for Margaret.  Hers is the most complete collection of household and personal items in all of the cases that I shot, and in a funny way, it is difficult to move on to other Willard patients.  Up next though is Herman G, whose story is fascinating in its own way. Thanks for following.  You can see all of the cases here, and all of Margaret’s here.  (Don’t forget to click on the “500” button at the bottom of the page, as I think the default page only shows the first 25.  And as there are over 600 photos in her collection, you have to click on the “next” button to see the rest.)


8 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. trow125 said, on 03/10/2017 at 5:02 pm

    I found a Tu-Tee game for sale on Etsy, though unfortunately it had been sold. Still, you can check out this listing and see what a filled-in score sheet looked like, and read the rules!

  2. trow125 said, on 03/10/2017 at 5:05 pm

    Tu-Tee is also mentioned here: “The concept behind the game was actually created during World War 1 by soldiers stuck in the trenches. This game eventually started to be referred to as Cootie.”

  3. Dhyan Atkinson said, on 03/10/2017 at 6:53 pm

    Hi! Well, that first thing is a homemade pin cushion of course. The second shows garters which were attached to a girdle (shudder the thought!) to make “flat tummies” and then the hooks attached to nylons before there were panty hose. Unfortunately I am JUST old enough to remember having to wear a girdle and nylons to junior high school. I attest to the fact that they are damn uncomfortable! Hooray that they are gone. – My mother collected tea cups and saucers. It was very popular once upon a time. – I hope someone finds the Tu-Tee game. I’d like to try playing it. Happy Fall One and All. Dhyan in Boulder

  4. Julie R. said, on 05/10/2017 at 9:42 pm

    I am struck by how pristine the fabric articles seem to be. No stains or insect damage…

  5. Meg D. said, on 06/10/2017 at 6:32 am

    Tu-tee was based on the paper and pencil game, “Beetle Drive,” and was later remade by Hasbro in plastic form as “Cootie” (which is still available today).

    • joncrispin said, on 06/10/2017 at 8:27 am

      Thank you all for the TU-TEE research. It is great to have such interesting folks following the project. Really appreciate it. Jon

  6. Dhyan Atkinson said, on 10/10/2017 at 10:40 am

    One more Tu-Tee comment. I found this in Wikipedia: The Cootie Game fashioned by the Irvin-Smith Company about 1915 was a hand-held game that involved tilting capsules into a trap[9] over a background illustration depicting a WWI battlefield. In 1927, the J. H. Warder Company of Chicago released Tu-Tee, and the Charles Bowlby Company released Cootie; though based on a “build a bug” concept similar to Schaper’s, both were paper and pencil games. Dhyan

    • joncrispin said, on 10/10/2017 at 10:49 am

      Thanks Dhyan! I always appreciate your research skills. Cheers. Jon

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: