The Willard State Hospital (a.k.a. Willard Asylum for the Chronic Pauper Insane) used to be America’s largest home for people with incurable mental illnesses. But you wouldn’t know it was an insane asylum by looking at Jon Crispin’s intimate photos of the baggage its residents left behind.
Each of the suitcases you’ll see here belonged to a patient; judging by the contents, most (or all) of those patients must have passed away years, or decades, ago. Still, there’s something incredibly moving about these orphaned belongings — everyday objects (hairbrushes, alarm clocks, lists, letters) that are like the clues to some long-forgotten puzzle.
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