Large Mourning Die Cut (Blog Exclusive)

Large (12″ x 10″) memorial die cut for Catharine Costello, a little girl who died at 3 years and 9 months in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1883. Her cause of death was “Paralysis of the heart”. This die cut features many classic mourning symbols, including a broken pillar, draped urn, hourglass, willow trees, and more. Die cut memorials were popular in the middle-to-late 19th century; they are made of heavy embossed paper with cut out sections. The piece shown here has a piece of black paper behind it. Visit the Thanatos Archive to view more of our post mortem and memorial collection. Membership options @

2 responses to “Large Mourning Die Cut (Blog Exclusive)

  1. This is simply breathtaking. I’ve been in love with dresden scrap for a while now, and this is one of, if not *the*, most beautiful ones I have ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I highly recommend subscribing to the Thanatos Archive if anyone reading this hasn’t. It’s become my favorite online museum. (That’s just my personal endorsement. No one gave me perks or patted me on the head for saying any of this. :))

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