Jon Crispin's Notebook

Back in England

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My friend John Wilson picked me up at Heathrow on Monday morning.  After a jammed up drive to Stratford upon Avon on the M40, we made it in time for the dog’s evening walk.  Here he is with Violet, and Sid and Lilly.  Sid is a pup and Lilly wears a muzzle because twice now she has eaten small plastic balls that had to be removed surgically.

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The next morning we all went for a nice long walk on the Welcombe Hills.

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The obelisk off in the distance is very cool.

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These sheep were very interested in the dogs, but the dogs couldn’t be bothered.

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Here are Flora and Violet heading back to the car.

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And Sid taking a bit of a break while he kept an eye out for squirrels.

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Today was another warmish day so we drove to Broadway in the Cotswolds for another chance to walk the dogs.

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I first met John when I was living in Berlin in the 1980s and we have been fast friends ever since.   I have actually had this Barbour jacket (which he originally bought in Berlin) for the last 20 or so years.  He needed it back for his dog walks so it is now his again.  I hope to have it back someday.

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Here is Sid patiently waiting for a treat.

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I have always had a soft spot for Morgan cars.  This one is sitting in front of one of the Broadway hotels, and it took my breath away when I saw it.

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After our walk we ended up here for a lovely lunch.  We have come to the Snowshill Arms many times, and it always makes me so happy.

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While John was sorting out the dogs and Flora was getting Violet organized, I went in to see about a table.  John said “Four people and two dogs”.  Sid and Lilly were under the table the whole meal.  Here is Siddy giving me a nuzzle.  What a sweet boy.

Great Dane

Posted in Animals, Automobiles, Dogs, driving, Jon Crispin, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 20/09/2017

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I was driving back from a shoot in the Albany area last week and as I was waiting at a light on Route 9 in Hadley I saw this guy.  He is a really beautiful dog and I think his name is Felix.  His chauffeur rolled her window down and chatted for a minute (it was a long light).  Check out the slobber on the B-Pillar.

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Willard Suitcases / Margaret D / 17 March 2015

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Another large batch of Margaret D photos are now up on the suitcases site.

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As mentioned before, Margaret came to Willard with her car as well as all the paperwork from the purchase.

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She bought a brand new 1934 6 cylinder Dodge Coupe.  Such a beautiful automobile.

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She was a great traveler and planned her trips meticulously.

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This one looks like it would be a fun drive.

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This was the only will that we came across in the collection.

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The above list is interesting as it appears that she wrote down her work history most likely in preparation for applying for a job.  It is one of the clearest documents showing the specifics of a life before Willard.

More to come from Margaret later in the week.  Cheers everyone.

 

Willard Suitcases / Margaret D / Car

Posted in Automobiles, History, Mental Health, Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 24/02/2015

  Margaret D arrived at Willard with almost her entire household as well as her car.  Which in this case was a Dodge Brothers Coupe that she bought new in 1934.  Here is what Hemmings has to say about it.  An amazing automobile.

This is the first page of the notebook where she kept track of trips that she took in it.  I am quite familiar with the first legs of the journey, having grown up in Western Pennsylvania.  Especially the Salamanca, NY to Bradford, PA leg.  And my great friend and college roommate Gail grew up in Ridgeway, where I have spent quite a bit of time.

I am just blown away when I think about the stories contained in these suitcases.  Thanks for following along with me.

Tilghman(‘s) Island/DuPont Circle

Posted in Architecture, Automobiles, Buildings, Cities, Fishing, Food, History, Maps, Rivers, Transportation, Travel, Water, Work by joncrispin on 26/06/2014

I  have spent the last two days on Tilghman Island shooting more artifacts and a bunch of really interesting artwork.  It is a remarkable place, and I just love working there.  The above shot is a detail from a very old linen map of oyster beds near the island.  It was literally falling apart but is an amazing remnant of work life on the bay.

After 6 months of really hard work, it looks like Peter has found a job.  It will be a few weeks before he starts, but we are so happy for him.  I took a quick shower after the drive back to DC from Tilghman’s and we went right out to buy him some work clothes.  There is a GAP practically next to Nando’s so we ate some chicken and then went to Larry’s for ice cream.  It is a wonderful place on Connecticut Avenue.  I had lavender, which was probably the most interesting flavor I’ve had in years.

Home tomorrow.

Presidential (Again)

Posted in Automobiles, ephemera, Transportation by joncrispin on 22/05/2014

I went into town this evening to meet Cris for a meal, and parked next to this. I had a vague memory of posting a similar car a few years ago and was kind of amazed to see another.  This model looked even cheesier than the previous one.

And it also had the seemingly useless snaps built into the lovely chrome trim piece.  It’s the little things I guess, but it kind of made my day.

I-95

Posted in Automobiles, Family, Fish, Fishing, Nature, Transportation, Travel, Water, Weather by joncrispin on 21/01/2014

I was meant to be driving to DC as I am writing this, but due to the winter storm nailing the I-95 corridor, I ended up leaving last night.  I stopped just North of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, got a room for a few hours and was on the road again by 6.30 this morning.  It started snowing just after I parked in Peter’s apartment building in DC, and now at 2.15 it is really coming down.  And cold to boot.  I really wanted to make it here today as it is his 25th birthday.  We’ll get to spend the whole day together and then go out to dinner somewhere in the neighborhood this evening.

Tomorrow I am off to Tilghman to shoot Chesapeake Bay related artifacts for the Watermen’s Museum.  Originally Peter Carroll was going to be shooting video as well, but he basically had no safe way of getting here from Ithaca due to the weather.  He and I have been working on the island on and off for over 5 years now and it is such an interesting place. / The second of his films about the watermen and their families will be shown on Maryland Public Television Tuesday, 23rd April at 8.30 PM.  Here is a teaser.  And here is a link to an earlier post of mine about one aspect of the project.

DC in August

Cris and I took the train from New Haven to DC on Monday.  She has a couple of days of consulting and I get to hang out with Peter.

This tiny restaurant is near to the Van Ness metro station and has been closed since Peter moved to the neighborhood.  I really like the retro feel of the facade, and with the building permit in the window you know it will change soon.

I have always enjoyed shooting in underground stations.  I like the movement of the trains during long exposures.

 I will often stop after exiting the giant escalator at Dupont Circle to look down on cars that are passing below.

Peter was working the Nationals game last night so Cris and I showed up at around 6:00 to get tickets.  The Nats are struggling this year and with playoff hopes low, they are selling seats for $5.00!  $5.00; unbelievable.  We got a couple of great seats in section 402 and saw a really good game with a win over the Marlins.  My current favorite pitcher, Ross Ohlendorf, was on the mound and his old school wind-up is unique.  You can get a look at it here. / Every time Wilson Ramos came up to bat, some guy behind me started chanting  Hu go Cha vez,  Hu go Cha vez.  (There is a Venezuelan connection; only in DC can you hear something like this at a ball game.)

It was beautiful night, and between innings it was nice to look around at some of the architectural features of the park.  Cris noticed these lights just above us and pointed them out to me.

We are off to the Lincoln Memorial in a bit to see if we can see the President speak in honor of the 50th anniversary of the MLK “I have a dream” speech.  Could be interesting.

Pennsylvania License Plate

Posted in Automobiles, Family, Transportation by joncrispin on 31/07/2013

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My parents were pretty straight-forward people for the most part, but they did something together in their later years that was very amusing to me .  When the state of Pennsylvania changed the format of license plates sometime in the early 1990s, my folks were forced to give up a plate number that they had had for ages.  They were really unhappy about this so instead of having a new random number assigned to them, they opted to pay for a vanity plate with their old number on it.  I am sure it was a small victory as these things go, but it meant a lot to them.  After my mom died and we sold their car, I took the plate off and kept it as a reminder of  their spirit and sense of playfulness.  It is on the door of my studio and brings a smile to my face whenever I look at it.

Ithaca, NY

Posted in Automobiles, Cities, Travel by joncrispin on 18/12/2012

Here’s a shot I took from the top of the Ithaca parking garage a long time ago.  It was around this time I started to become interested in motion.  I really like the movement of the arm reaching out to the mailbox. /  Sorry for the dearth of posts lately.  My cold really knocked me down.  Finally feeling somewhat healthy again.

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