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Abandoned suitcases from a New York Psychiatric Center

The Willard Psychiatric Center closed its doors back in 1995, but after the closure there was a ‘miraculous discovery’. That miraculous discovery was more than 400 abandoned suitcases containing the possessions of their ‘original owners before they were committed to the institution’. This Finger Lakes-area psych center treated patients for ‘chronic mental illness’ and ‘it wasn’t uncommon that patients died while in the hospital and buried in the graveyard across the street’.

The patients – and their suitcases – arrived at the center between 1910 and 1960 and these images were shot by photographer Jon Crispin starting back in 2011.

Via Beautiful Decay

Charles left a musical instrument in his suitcase
Charles left a musical instrument in his suitcase
Anna's suitcase contained a pair of heels
Anna’s suitcase contained a pair of heels
Maude has crafting supplies in her suitcase
Maude has crafting supplies in her suitcase
Quilts were in Ethel's suitcase
Quilts were in Ethel’s suitcase
Sheet music was found in Irma's trunk
Sheet music was found in Irma’s trunk

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Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.

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