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This photo of Rosalia Lombardo was taken in 1984. Why is that interesting? She was the last person buried in the catacombs of the Capuchin Monastery 64 years before this photo was taken, in 1920.

This photo of Rosalia Lombardo was taken in 1984. Why is that interesting? She was the last person buried in the catacombs of the Capuchin Monastery 64 years before this photo was taken, in 1920.

Plaster Lincoln Life Mask cast by American Sculptor, Leonard Volk, April 1860. Volk later cast Lincoln's hands. His right hand was still swollen from shaking so many supporters' hands after be nominated as the Republican Party nominee. To steady his hand in the mold, Lincoln cut off a piece of a broom handle to hold for the casting. Volk later placed the piece of handle in the cast displayed here. *s*

Plaster Lincoln Life Mask cast by American Sculptor, Leonard Volk, April 1860. Volk later cast Lincoln's hands. His right hand was still swollen from shaking so many supporters' hands after be nominated as the Republican Party nominee. To steady his hand in the mold, Lincoln cut off a piece of a broom handle to hold for the casting. Volk later placed the piece of handle in the cast displayed here. *s*

1883 CDV of a girl identified as 10 year old Clara A. Smith, daughter  of Lorin and L. Smith of New York.. Post mortem

1883 CDV of a girl identified as 10 year old Clara A. Smith, daughter of Lorin and L. Smith of New York.. Post mortem

Her picture taken after death, look closely you can see the stand holds her up. When a loved one died the Victorians were presented with an opportunity to imortalise their beloved in a way that was previously impossible: they could photograph them. Because of the high cost of photography, post-mortem photographs were, in many cases, the only photograph a family had of the deceased. ∞

Her picture taken after death, look closely you can see the stand holds her up. When a loved one died the Victorians were presented with an opportunity to imortalise their beloved in a way that was previously impossible: they could photograph them. Because of the high cost of photography, post-mortem photographs were, in many cases, the only photograph a family had of the deceased. ∞

Unknown man and girl, circa 1867. Stand behind the chair supports the deceased child. It looks like she is also holding the tell-tale broken rose, also.

Unknown man and girl, circa 1867. Stand behind the chair supports the deceased child. It looks like she is also holding the tell-tale broken rose, also.

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