Charles Van Schaick, “Open Casket with Body of European American Man,” undated. Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.
Open casket with the corpse of an European American man lying inside it wearing a dark-colored suit coat and bow tie. Floral arrangements are placed above his head and on top of his midsection. Another man wearing a derby is visible looking from behind the casket.
I would never have noticed the derby-hatted man if this hadn’t been in the description, and this picture is about twice as amazing now that I’ve noticed it.
That said, I think I should take a moment to express how thankful I am for the archivists at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Their online collections are really fabulous, and I owe a lot to them for many of my favorite posts on my other Tumblr blogs.