At the former Oregon State Insane Asylum, between 1883 and 1970, thousands of people died while they were in the hospital. If a person's body was not claimed by their families, their cremated ashes were sealed in a labeled canister and stored at the hospital. "On my first visit to the hospital, I am escorted to a decaying outbuilding, where a dusty room lined with simple pine shelves is lined three-deep with thousands of copper canisters." David Maisel (photo also courtesy of David Maisel)
Bonnie and Clyde at funeral parlor.The mob was horrible.One man was even getting ready to cut off Clyde's trigger finger.People were cutting off peice of their clothes and They also were cutting off Bonnie's hair for keepsakes ect.Pretty sick people.
Coffins of the Victorian period came equipped with an extensive system of the bell, which reportedly detained person can ring if you woke up Six Feet Under. These rarely work, however, because even if the person they called, no one hears. Gravediggers sometimes paid to keep watch over the graves and hear the bells to go off. This is the where the term, "Saved by the Bell" derived from.
When Caroline Walter of Freiburg, Germany died at the age of 16, her sister Selma had a sculptor cast a life size sculpture for the gravestone. Every morning since Caroline's funeral, a fresh flower was found tucked in the crook of the arm, and still is to this day. Nobody knows who leaves it. Every single morning. Except Caroline died in 1867. For 145 years, someone(s) have been leaving flowers. Now that's devotion.
Original photo caption reads: Mountain people carrying a homemade coffin up creek bed to the family plot on the hillside where it will be buried. This type of burial occurred all across Appalachia, a group of men carrying a deceased person up a rough road to a cemetery
A Victorian-era lachrymosa, also called lachrymatory, tear catchers, or tear vials. Sometimes worn on a necklace, sometimes merely held, they were used the gather the tears wept by mourners at funerals. One type of lachrymosa had a special top which allowed the tears to evaporate (signifying the time to stop mourning), others had a sealed top to allow the tears to last for a year, at which point they would be poured on the grave of the person whom the tears were wept for.