Murdered Family, 1883 Clipping

A newspaper account of the 1883 murder. Click to enlarge.

The extremely rare post mortem cabinet photo of the entire family laid out in bed is part of The Thanatos Archive Collection, and will be added to the members’ section of our website on Friday, June 25 *** In the meantime, you can view our collection and support our work by getting your own Thanatos Archive membership.

Wheeler Siblings Material [Archive Image 3690B]

The note found behind the children’s post mortem photo


Altha’s Grave, Close-up (All grave photos credit: Barb Destromp)


Henry’s grave, close-up


Siblings who died on the same day of diphtheria. Their post mortem photo is here (Thanatos Archive Members). Not an Archive member? See these subscription options:

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Railroad Brakeman, Memorial with CDV

Silver plated memorial for Charles Henry Scott, with his photo (c.1869 CDV). Charles was a brakeman for Connecticut Railroad.. on August 25, 1870, he slipped and fell between two train cars and was crushed to death. This happened the day before his 26th birthday. Below is a photo of his grave, located in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Photo credit: Bill Bourbeau, 2015. <> Please remember to support our website and our work with a Thanatos Archive membership! 


Memorial Album, Mother & Children


A family photo album containing many photos of a woman and her family, with a braid of her hair inside of the album’s cover. The two images shown with the album are a portrait of the woman, taken only a few weeks before her death, and a photo of the woman with her husband and six children. Less than a year after the family portrait above was taken, the woman and the two youngest children would all be dead. Another child died in infancy several years earlier.

The death photos of all three children can before seen in our Archive (members only!): [ Photo 1 ] [ Photo 2] [ Photo 3 ].

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Before Restoration [Archive Image 3673B]

A sixth-plate ambrotype of a man and his son, received in poor condition, as shown. Thanatos Archive members can click here to see this image after our restoration work was completed. The boy and father are also identified, and have an interesting story, which can be read at the link above. Not yet an Archive member? View subscription options here!