Article Category: Funereal Friday

The Recessional

Posted Friday, Jul 10

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.”  Luke Teague, Southern Calls, Associate Editor

Donna Vaughn, owner of Vaughn Funeral Home in Spring City, Tennessee, and our Passions feature from Issue 9, was brought home from the hospital as a newborn in this now collectable coach by her funeral director father, Alfred “Tink” Vaughn. The vintage 1955 Meteor Cadillac hearse combination was taken out of service in the mid-1960s and relegated to the family farm, where it sat for decades before being rescued, or perhaps resurrected, from its shallow grave.

This wonderful photo is part of our Art of Undertaking Limited Collection of 16″x20″ prints available for purchase. Call Mike for a SPECIAL PRICE! 877-530-0913

Other Recent Articles

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...

read more
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, the weary marches to the front, the roar of the barrage and then that...

read more
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 rode through the streets entombed in a coffin and driven - in humility...

read more
Marty Mitchell | Iowa Funeral Museum

Marty Mitchell | Iowa Funeral Museum

Some people collect stamps or baseball cards – or maybe dolls or trophies. Marty Mitchell is into all things funereal. “When we opened Mitchell Family Funeral Home in 2005, I already had a garage full of caskets and funeral memorabilia, so we took an extra room in the...

read more
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 covering plate having a cooperative hinging bead throughout the length of...

read more
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 invented a new and Improved Corpse-Lifter, of which the following is a...

read more

Join Our Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter to periodically receive article updates, industry news, and details about new issues before they are released.

The Magazine