Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / Rodrigo L.

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Rodrigo was an extremely literate man.  His collection of books was so interesting.

Willard Asylum Suitcases Rodrigo L ©2015 Jon Crispin ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

He was a writer as well, as this editorial from his Salt Lake High School yearbook illustrates.

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Rodrigo’s collection of books tells us so much about his view of the world.

Willard Asylum Suitcases Rodrigo L ©2015 Jon Crispin ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

From reading his writings, I got the sense that he was a bit lonely, and deeply spiritual.

Willard Asylum Suitcases Rodrigo L ©2015 Jon Crispin ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The autographs page of his yearbook had only his signature.

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I love the logo for Oliver R. Meredith’s Trunk Factory.  I looked for information online about the business, and didn’t find much about the company, but did come across this great gallery of photographs of trunk manufacturers.

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From time to time I like to post a nice photo of Peggy Ross, whom I can never thank enough for her help throughout the years that we have spent documenting the collection of suitcases.  I literally could not (and would not) have done this work without her help.

Thanks for following.  Check out all of Rodrigo’s collection here.  Moving on to Michael B. tomorrow.

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  1. David said, on 30/10/2017 at 4:43 pm

    Meredith was part of the Caricatures of Men in Utah: https://collections.lib.utah.edu/details?id=428936

    • joncrispin said, on 31/10/2017 at 9:57 am

      David, I didn’t put this in my post, but check this out! A bizarre twist to the story. Hope you are well. Jon

      • David said, on 31/10/2017 at 6:06 pm

        I saw that, but hadn’t read through it until now! Seems to be a classic Utah story…I lived in SLC for 2 years in the 1980s, during the forgery bombings. Always an interesting place.
        All is well here on the west coast, enjoying our last day of sunny weather for a while.

  2. Dhyan Atkinson said, on 30/10/2017 at 7:08 pm

    What an interesting set of books! I remember that my paternal grandparents had a set of Riverside Literature books in their attic which was a wonderland of collected things. He seems to have so many interests judging by the book titles. And I envy him his handwriting. I remember when mine looked like that (in grade school!) but I have typed so much since that my handwriting had devolved tremendously! Dhyan

  3. Ani said, on 31/10/2017 at 6:04 am

    The single autograph, pressed leaf and lilac, deep sigh…

    • joncrispin said, on 31/10/2017 at 9:54 am

      Ani,thanks for the comment. I feel the same way. It is interesting that when I was shooting these objects I had a unique emotional connection to them, and when I look at the photographs I have a slightly different response (which is more like what you feel). My approach to this kind of work is that without making a connection to the items while shooting, there is no way I can impart an emotional connection to the folks who look at the pictures. It is kind of an out of body experience for me to edit the images; I know I was the one who touched them and set them up, and yet their power comes through as if I am just a viewer. I love that!


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