Jon Crispin got the unique opporunity to work with the New York State Museum to photograph old suitcases from the Willard Psychiatric Center. The center is soon to be renovated into a state run rehab center. In the pathology lab building the staff found an attic full of old suitcases.
The suitcases belonged to the patients at the Center, and were placed in the attic when their owners were admitted, sometime between 1910 and 1960. Many of the patients never left Willard, as it was set up to help those with chronic mental illness. These objects are like mini-time capsules, preserving the patient’s histories, and the material things that were most important to them.
All photo credit to Jon Crispin.