This memento mori photo contains not a single deceased person, yet it feels more powerful than many of the post mortem images   The stark simplicity is breathtaking. And that little boy’s determined face, wearing his father’s uniform cap

This memento mori photo contains not a single deceased person, yet it feels more powerful than many of the postmortem images. The stark simplicity is breathtaking, and that little boy’s determined face, wearing his father’s uniform cap

The Most Beautiful Suicide. On May Day, just after leaving her fiancé, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale wrote a note. ‘He is much better off without me … I wouldn’t make a good wife for anybody,’ … Then she crossed it out. She went to the observation platform of the Empire State Building. Then she jumped. Just four minutes after Evelyn McHale’s death Wiles got this picture of death’s violence and its composure. The serenity of McHale’s body amidst the crumpled wreckage it caused is astounding.

A most beautiful suicide – 23 year old Evelyn McHale leapt to her death from an observation deck floor) of the Empire State Building, May She landed on a United Nations limousine… Photography by Weegee ( Robert Wiles)

Victorian tear catchers, usually used by a widowed bride. Upon the day of the funeral, the widow would collect her tears into this small vile, and all the tears she cried in the first year over the loss of her husband, she would capture in this vile she would wear upon her neck. And on the anniversary of his death, she pours the preserved tears atop his gravesite.  ***

A glass Victorian-era lachrymosa, also called lachrymatory, TEAR CATCHERS, or tear vials. Sometimes worn on a necklace, used to gather the tears wept by mourners at funerals.

Victorian mummy - "Incredibly, they would often keep the body of an infant and, once it was mummified, they would dress the baby's body and keep it as a memento. It was the equivalent of the modern day taxidermy of a treasured pet."

Victorian mummy - "Incredibly, they would often keep the body of an infant and, once it was mummified, they would dress the baby's body and keep it as a memento. It was the equivalent of the modern day taxidermy of a treasured pet." Really bizarre!

so much for the death penalty

Tombstone AZ -- this place was awesome. loved going to the birdhouse theater. and this tombstone was funny but yet.

The word “monster” originally meant “deformed”. A monster could be a two headed calf, conjoined twins or a hideously deformed human infant. It was only in the 20th century that monster came to mean any cruel or alien creature.

The word “monster” originally meant “deformed”. A monster could be conjoined twins or a hideously deformed human infant. It was only in the century that monster came to mean any cruel or alien creature. The Saar Pioneer Cemetery, Kent, Washington, USA.

Ma Dyed. A sad little gravestone I found in Old Deerfield, Mass.

The "MA" are likely the initials of the deceased buried here in Old Deerfield Burying Ground, sometimes called the Old Albany Cemetery, Massachusetts

14 Deserted Morgues and Mortuaries

These 14 abandoned morgues and mortuaries drip with the death that they once contained, with bone saws and other relics of their past life still visible.

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