The Lost Suitcases of the Willard Asylum photo series offers a rare glimpse into the lives of patients from a 19th century upstate New York psychiatric hospital. Packed with personal belongings ranging from letters to ornaments and photographs, they tell the intimate stories of those who were committed to this famous psychiatric hospital back in the late 1800s.
Captured by photographer Jon Crispin, The Lost Suitcases of the Willard Asylum photo series reveals the emotional baggage of 500 patients. Discovered when the 130-year-old institution was torn down, the relics of past lives will be exhibited at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, California. Despite his particular interest in abandoned asylums, Crispin has never stumbled upon a treasure trove of forgotten memories until now.
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