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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 die. Rows of headstones remind us of a new reality. Homeward bound.” ...

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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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