Grave, Letter, Obituaries of Young Siblings (Archive Image #3317)

The children’s obituary and handwritten letter.


Shared grave marker of children who died within a few days of each other, one from burns, the other from measles.

The children’s post mortem cabinet card photos can be viewed in the subscription section of The Thanatos Archive:

Mary and Jamie’s Death Photos (You must be a Thanatos Archive member, if not, review membership link below)

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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 @

Schoolhouse Morgue / Johnstown Flood, 1889


“The Great Flood”, Johnstown, PA, 1889, 2200+ dead.

An apocalyptic scene showing the Millvale School surrounded by a desert of sand, mud and debris several feet deep. Because it was one of a handful of buildings in the immediate area strong enough to survive the flood, it was turned into a temporary morgue; the men and horses are shown delivering coffins and bodies of victims to the side entrance.

* We have several Johnstown Flood related images in the collection, including a post-mortem cabinet card of a little girl who was found in the river and never identified.

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