Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcase #22

Posted in Uncategorized, Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 29/07/2013

This appears to be the oldest case in the collection.

Josephine S. was 25 years old when she was admitted to Willard in 1898.


There weren’t a whole lot of her possessions in this case, but what was there was pretty amazing.

A few photographs, 3 books, and not much more.

The hairbrush is quite lovely as is the small piece of fabric with her name and some numbers written on it (by I presume the staff at Willard).  The plate is hand painted.

What was most interesting and touching was this wedding invitation postmarked “1906”.  Since she was from Canandaigua, it is possible that the Lapham family thought she could attend.

I was also interested in this copy of “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.  I looked and it is a first edition (at least of this printing).  Dust jacket and all.

Josephine died at Willard in 1973 at the age of 100.

I will be back shooting tomorrow and will post something later in the week.  Thanks for following.

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