Photograph by Andreas Larsen Dahl. De Forest, Wisconsin, ca. 1880. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.
Funeral wreath of Caroline Keyser Preus, the wife of Lutheran minister Herman Amberg Preus.
From 2010: CNN’s Jeanne Moos reports.
Sort-of related: When I lived in New York, I worked a block away from Time Warner Center (the building she’s standing outside of). I used to go over there to grab lunch at Whole Foods and I’d often see her standing outside interviewing people. She never stopped me, though. Sigh.
(Image via Oddity Central.)
Good article by Max Rivlin-Nadler on The Awl about a visit to the National Funeral Directors Conference in Chicago. It’s all about the changing nature of the funeral biz and the rise in cremations.
One (alarming) highlight:
In 2007, an EPA report found dangerously high levels of formaldehyde and phenol in drinking water in locations near funeral homes throughout New York state. The burial of a corpse in a metal coffin, with the embalmed body inside, deposits other chemicals in groundwater. The coffin’s metals leech into the ground, followed eventually by the chemicals used to preserve the corpses. Every graveyard may be lush and green, but when you look at its chemical makeup it starts to look like a mini-Brownfield. (Distressingly, higher rates of cancer have been found among embalmers who have to breathe in this stuff every day.)
Andreas Larsen Dahl, Funeral Party around Casket. Deerfield, Wisconsin, ca. 1874. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.
A funeral party is assembled around a casket in front of an upright-and-wing frame house. Two older men on the left, one identified as Lars D. Reque, stand with bibles while several women wearing Norwegian-style patterned shawls are standing close to the casket. This is another house insured by the Hekla Fire Insurance Co., which sold to many Norwegian-American households in south central Wisconsin.
Photograph shows many women dressed in white accompanying President Lincoln’s hearse as it passes beneath ornamental arch at 12th Street in Chicago, Illinois.
Read more about Lincoln’s postmortem rail tour here.
Syrian bishop’s remains (funeral). Corpse seated in church. Matson Photo Service, [1940-1946]. Source: Library of Congress.
Syrian bishop’s remains (funeral). Corpse seated in church. Matson Photo Service, [between 1940 and 1946]. Source: Library of Congress.
Photo shows flag-draped coffin of Major General Philip Kearny (1815-1862) on Broadway in New York City. Kearny died in battle during the Civil War and was buried at Trinity Churchyard until 1912, when the body was moved to Arlington Cemetery.
Artist: Aleksey Ivanovich Saveliev (Russian, 1883–1923)
Title: Peasant Carts with Funeral Wreaths
Title: [Funeral of Leo Tolstoy, Astapovo, Russia]
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Dimensions: Image: 8.9 x 13.3 cm (3 1/2 x 5 1/4 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Pierre Apraxine, 2010
Accession Number: 2010.423.6
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