[ FOR SALE ] Post Mortem Cabinet Card, c.1890

Original circa 1890 cabinet card, unusual vignette, head and shoulders of a young boy surrounded by leaves. Cabinet card is 6.5″ x 4.25″ with blank back, and is in excellent antique condition.

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$150 with free First Class (photo mailer) or $8.00 boxed Priority Mail
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Holcomb Triplets (Photo #2, Photo of House) [ Archive Image 3474B ]

Real photo postcard showing two of the three triplets (two girls, one boy) who died on September 11, 1911. The reason that only two were photographed is unclear, but these were possibly the two girls photographed together, or, the third child had not yet died.

Photo #2 is the house that the triplets died and were photographed in, taken 44 years later!

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[ FOR SALE ] Post Mortem Ambrotype in Thermoplastic Case / 1850s

1850s, 1/6 ambrotype in original thermoplastic photo case.

Ambrotype is in excellent antique condition.. Case is nice overall but there is one large chip along the top edge on the velvet pad side.

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$399 with free boxed & insured Priority Mail shipping.
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$375 with free boxed & insured Priority Mail shipping.
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“To Paint with Face of Corpse” [Blog Exclusive ]

Rare and interesting druggist’s receipt, dated November 22, 1894, for a sale of borate of soda to Fairplay, Colorado coroner William B. Fowler, to be used “To paint with face of corpse”.

Nineteenth Century morticians like Mr. Fowler would often coat the faces of the deceased with this mixture in order to help prevent discoloration and the formation of bacteria / mold. Families of the deceased, who very commonly held wakes at the family home, would use a similar technique, covering their dead loved one’s face with a cloth that had been soaked in a mixture of baking soda and water; the cloth would remain in place whenever the body was not being viewed.

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Win This Post Mortem Daguerreotype

Want to own this original 1850s post mortem daguerreotype (1/6 plate)?

We are giving it away, worldwide shipping included, to one person who subscribes to the Thanatos Archive (or renews, or extends your current, active subscription) between the time of this post and 11:59 PM on Monday, September 16th. Anybody subscribing during that time will be automatically entered for a chance to win the image.

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Winner will be announced on our Facebook page on Tuesday, September 17. Good luck!