Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / John R

Willard Suitcases Project

John R had quite a collection of interesting objects in his cases.  He certainly was interested in the wild west.

Willard Suitcases Project

The green shirt has a classic western look and the tie with the scantily clad woman is pretty cool.  One wonders if he ever wore it, and if so, where.  The object in the middle of the photo is a jock strap.  I remember them from gym class when I was a kid, but you don’t see them around much anymore.

Willard Suitcases Project

Back in the day, men sometimes wore garters with their socks.  This color gray is beautiful.

Willard Suitcases Project

I am thinking that these leather straps went with some sort of jodhpur trousers, but I suppose they could have also been worn around the wrists.  Anyone out there have an idea about this?

Click here to see all of John’s cases.  Don’t forget to click on the “view all” tab, as there are more than 25 images in the gallery.  I am really proud of this one.

Willard Suitcases / John R

Posted in Abandoned Buildings, Asylums, Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 22/04/2014

Near the end of a day’s shooting yesterday I asked Peg how many suitcases she thought we had photographed.  She went to her computer and checked the database.  We were up to 248 (out of 420) with two left to do before we shut down for the day.   So we are well past the halfway point, and I was really cheered that we have made it so far.  I shot the first case in March of 2011 and haven’t really been paying attention to the numbers, so it was a very pleasant surprise to see our progress.

John’s briefcase is particularly interesting, with a varied collection of items.  All of the onionskin papers in the background are English language word and sentence exercises.  It is possible he worked at General Electric for a time as he saved the pension and insurance plan brochures.  And he was clearly a fan of the Lone Ranger and Tonto, Dwight Eisenhower, Mickey Rooney as well as cheesecake shots of women.  The reporter’s notebook is especially interesting as it is full of a stream of conscious like composition in  his beautiful handwriting.

Thanks for all the support and interest in the project.  Cheers,  Jon

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