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Victorian Funerals

Victorian Funerals

Victorian Funeral Carriage

Victorian Funeral Carriage

Victorian Funeral Procession at The Poor House

Victorian Funeral Procession at The Poor House

A pair of the first roller skates which were invented in London in 1897. Known as "Road Rollers", they were incredibly popular, especially with businessmen who used them to skate to and from work. On a smooth surface skaters could reach speeds of 16 miles per hour though each of the contraptions weighed around 40 lbs.

A pair of the first roller skates which were invented in London in 1897. Known as "Road Rollers", they were incredibly popular, especially with businessmen who used them to skate to and from work. On a smooth surface skaters could reach speeds of 16 miles per hour though each of the contraptions weighed around 40 lbs.

Funeral Cakes: Victorian Funeral Cakes.

Funeral Cakes: Victorian Funeral Cakes.

The parlor doubled as the "death room" & was an important part of funerals for most of the 19th century. The deceased were laid out for final respects. This custom continued 1890 until the end of WWII, when most Americans went to doctors offices and hospitals. Eventually the "death room" became the "living room".  (Notice covered mirrors in this scene - a Victorian superstition). @ The Victorian Mourning Exhibit at the Petaluma History Museum, Petaluma CA Oct 2013 Photo by Marianne Riddle

The parlor doubled as the "death room" & was an important part of funerals for most of the 19th century. The deceased were laid out for final respects. This custom continued 1890 until the end of WWII, when most Americans went to doctors offices and hospitals. Eventually the "death room" became the "living room". (Notice covered mirrors in this scene - a Victorian superstition). @ The Victorian Mourning Exhibit at the Petaluma History Museum, Petaluma CA Oct 2013 Photo by Marianne Riddle

Victorians really weren't so different from us. This photo, which seems odd, is actually just about chronicling the hairstyles of the day.

Victorians really weren't so different from us. This photo, which seems odd, is actually just about chronicling the hairstyles of the day.

Gentleman Mourner, Unmarked Albumen Carte de Visite, Circa 1865.  This man wears black mourning and displays the wide crape band on his top hat. The wider the band, the closer the loss. This man has lost someone very close to him such as a wife, father, mother, or child.

Gentleman Mourner, Unmarked Albumen Carte de Visite, Circa 1865. This man wears black mourning and displays the wide crape band on his top hat. The wider the band, the closer the loss. This man has lost someone very close to him such as a wife, father, mother, or child.

Beyond the Dark Veil: Post Mortem and Mourning Photography from The Thanatos Archive will be a compilation of more than 120 extraordinary and haunting photographs and related ephemera documenting the practice of death and mourning photography in the Victorian Era and early twentieth century.

Beyond the Dark Veil: Post Mortem and Mourning Photography from The Thanatos Archive will be a compilation of more than 120 extraordinary and haunting photographs and related ephemera documenting the practice of death and mourning photography in the Victorian Era and early twentieth century.

“in memoriam” cabinet cards - probably could do this pretty inexpensively for a nice coping activity at a tough time

“in memoriam” cabinet cards - probably could do this pretty inexpensively for a nice coping activity at a tough time

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