Reverse glass painted memorial, in 15″ x 12″ hanging frame, for Mr. Jacob Rich (1765-1834), who died of consumption in Charlton, Massachusetts. He’s buried next to his wife (d.1838) and son (d.1819) in Bay Path Cemetery, Charlton, MA. http://www.thanatos.net/membership
Monthly Archives: August 2019
African American Embalmer, c.1930 [Blog Exclusive ]
(Click images to enlarge) Embalmer Lonnie Boykin at work. St. Louis, Missouri, circa 1930 (10″ x 8″ negative).
RPPC, Relating to Mourning Card [ Archive Image 3455A ]
Circa 1900 real photo postcard of George Henry Loper at about 15 years old. That is most likely his little sister Edith in the doorway. George, or Henry, died at only 27 from erysipelas, which I believe is a skin infection from a scratch, for example, that gets into the bloodstream. . * His photographic mourning/memorial card can be viewed here (Archive membership is required). Not an Archive Member? Click here to subscribe to the Thanatos Archive.
Mourning Dress, Face Detail [ Archive Image 3454A ]
Caption from Archive: Woman in beaded and embroidered black mourning dress, wearing black jet bracelets. Quarter-plate ambrotype, circa 1855. * The scan of the complete cased image is available here (Archive membership is required). Not an Archive Member? Click here to subscribe to the Thanatos Archive.
Donata (Cerebral Embolism) Post Mortem #2 [ Archive Image 3453A ]
Second post mortem photo of Donata Kramer. Another post mortem photo of her sitting up in a chair, plus more details about her death, can be seen here (Archive membership is required). Not an Archive Member? Click here to subscribe to the Thanatos Archive.
Murdered by Son, Clipping & Death Certificate[ Archive Image 3451 ]
Newspaper clipping and death certificate for a man who was shot and killed by his 21 year old son. His original memorial card (NOT a post mortem) is in our collection and can be seen here (archive membership required). Not an Archive Member? Click here to subscribe to the Thanatos Archive.
Pauline’s Obituary (“Brain Fever”) [ Archive Image 3449 ]
Small obituary for five-year-old Pauline Bond, the little girl who died of “Brain Fever”. The obituary incorrectly gives her age as three. Her post mortem can be seen here (archive membership required). Not an Archive Member? Click here to subscribe to the Thanatos Archive.
Enlargement of Dead Boy’s Items [Archive Image #3448]
A detailed view of all of the items displayed with a deceased 14 year old boy (Archive Image 3448). The entire post mortem photo as well as an extremely sad note written by the boy’s mother, are both available to Thanatos Archive members. If you’re a member, click here now to view it.
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Before and After [ Archive Image 3447 ]
Tintype of a little girl in her coffin. This is how the image was found, still sealed, with very dirty glass that obscured a lot of the detail.
After carefully removing the seals and brass mat, the entire image was scanned and added to our Archive. The detail was greatly improved, and without the mat the entire scene was revealed, showing more of her unusual coffin…
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Johnstown, PA Flood (1889) Child Survivors
Harry, Frank, Myrtle, and John, siblings who survived the devastating Johnstown flood that occurred in May, 1889, killing more than 2200 people. Note that a couple of the boys have injuries.
The Hill family had 8 children at the time of the flood, and at least one of them, Ivy (Myrtle’s twin), died in event, as well as the family’s housekeeper, Jenny Jack.
We have several Johnstown Flood related images in our collection, including post mortem image(s). If you’re a member, just use the search feature on our site. Not an Archive member? Review our membership info here.