Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / Michael D’A


It was clear to us when we were setting up Michael’s shot that the wrapping contained crutches.


They were in remarkable shape for being so old.


Michael came to Willard from Manhattan State Hospital on Ward’s Island, but unfortunately we don’t have a date for his admittance.


As I was editing the photographs this morning, I couldn’t remember precisely why I took the closeup shot below.


As I looked closely the faint marks on the crutch stood out.  I wonder if he was making them in order to count days at Ward’s Island before he came to Willard.

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Willard Suitcases / Back to Work / Flora T

Posted in History, Institutions, medical devices, psychiatry by joncrispin on 16/06/2015

I’ll be back in Rotterdam tomorrow, and am looking forward to shooting again.  We are hoping to finish up with Margaret D’s things soon, and once the Exploratorium cases are back from California, that will just about do it.

I have just uploaded Flora T’s photos to the site and it is worth checking out.  She had some amazing possessions.  When you go to the site, click on “The Cases”, select Flora T, and be sure to select view “all” at the bottom of the page.

My friend Lin Stuhler has just put up a few new posts on her site.  Well worth checking out.  Click here and here.

I hope to post some images from tomorrow when I get home in the evening.  Thanks for following.

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