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The Blood Embalming Board

The Blood Embalming Board

Charles Blood -- Dunkirk, New York | The Casket, December 1899 This photo-engraving shows a body laid out on The Blood Embalming Board. The entire construction, together with the drapery, and next appearance of the whole outfit, is in every way different from any...

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Unknown Soldier

Unknown Soldier

America’s Unknown Soldier Comes Home to His Native Soil For him, our Unknown Soldier, it is all over; the sadness of parting from loved ones, the long ocean voyage, the grind of the training camps,...

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Bet Lost

Bet Lost

Jonesboro, Georgia | November 4, 1949 Bill Eubanks (R) lost an election bet to O.I. Carroll, (L) when he agreed to ride in a hearse through the streets of Jonesboro.  Eubanks not only lost but...

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Grave Marker

Grave Marker

Patent 1,573,268, filed July 6, 1925 | William F. Norman, Nevada, Mo. A grave marker including a rear plate having a hinging bead upon its upper edge throughout the length thereof, and apertured...

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The Recessional

The Recessional

The Art of Undertaking | From our Limited Series of prints by Southern Calls “Red clay fills the hole left in our hearts. Only flowers remain as guardians of the grave, until they too wither and...

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Corpse Lifter

Corpse Lifter

Patented July 27, 1880 by Edward B. Carter of Huntsville, Alabama To all whom it may concern:Be it known that I, EDWARD B. CARTER, of Huntsville, in the county of Madison and State of Alabama, have...

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The Complete Embalmer

The Complete Embalmer

And the Story of Thomas Holmes, MD The embalming craze took off when an Army Medical Corps colonel (and close friend of President Lincoln) became the first Union officer to be killed. On May 24,...

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Undertakers Progress

Undertakers Progress

Rubber-Tired Carriages for Church Aisles are New Invention Among the many new appliances of the up-to-date undertakers is the casket carriage, upon which a burial casket may be moved up the aisle of...

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McCarthy’s Irish Wake

McCarthy’s Irish Wake

"A Bully Good Fellow Was He" This photo depicts a “typical” Irish wake, although perhaps embellished for entertainment value -- these stereoview images are collectibles from the late 1800’s. Far...

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Issue 28 Available Now

Issue 28 Available Now

There’s definitely an eye for history in Issue 28, from the service-minded 3rd generation funeral director Jim Lowe of Burlington, NC, to the newly-recognized National Register of Historic Places...

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Issue 27 Available Now

Issue 27 Available Now

It’s all about the B’s for our latest issue… from the small Southern town of Bremen, Georgia, to urban downtown Baltimore, Maryland and out to a cattle pasture in Brewton, Alabama we cover a broad range of People, Places, and Passions – and there’s even real Bees (see Passions article). The photos are compelling, the stories are moving, and they’re all told from a Funeral Director’s Perspective. There’s only one place you can find inspiration like this, Southern Calls – The Journal of the Funeral Profession.

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Sunnyside Magazine, January 1900

Sunnyside Magazine, January 1900

This is "The Sunnyside," a magazine for the funeral industry, dated January 1st, 1900. It contains fabulous old ads for hearses, caskets, embalming fluid, etc. from advertisers such as National...

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