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    Grave dolls were sometimes made and left at the grave of a deceased infant. It was made of wax, and had locks of hair from the deceased child. It sounds morbid by today's standards, but it was not too uncommon in the 19th century.

    The wake served as a safeguard from burying someone who was not dead, but in a coma. Most wakes also lasted 3-4 days to allow relatives to arrive from far away. The use of flowers and candles helped to mask unpleasant odors in the room before embalming became common. In 19th century Europe and America the dead were carried out of the house feet first, in order to prevent the spirit from looking back into the house and beckoning another member of the family to follow him.

    Mummified infant in the crypt of the Monastery of Santa Maria della Pace, (Palermo, Sicily, Italy)

    BY D.L. MARIAN--Victorian Mummy Series. Poor sisters Aurora and Venus were found in a Philadelphia attic. The girl's beauty can still be seen through the decay. 35"tall. antique clothing and wrappings were used to create them.

    Olga, 10, was one of 29 girls mummified and turned into 'dolls' by Moskvin (Picture: EAST2WEST News)

    The boy sitting is deceased

    Dad pretended that Mother was alive for a full month after her death. They are pictured here on day two.

    Sokushinbutsu - Buddhist ritualistic self-mummification - For 1000 days the priests would eat a special diet of nuts and seeds, while taking part in rigorous physical activity that stripped them of body fat. They ate only bark and roots for another 1000 days & drank poisonous tea made from the Urushi tree. This caused vomiting & a rapid loss of bodily fluids & made the body poisonous to maggots. The monk would then lock himself in a stone tomb where he would not move from the lotus position.

    In 18th and 19th Century Scotland, families placed a piece of bread on the breasts of their dying loved ones. That’s not the strange part, people called Sin Eaters were hired to eat the bread to absorb the sins of the deceased so the dead would be cleansed.

    Before it was sold over-the-counter for oral care, did you know that Listerine was initially invented in the 19th century as a surgical antiseptic, and later as a floor cleaner and cure for gonorrhea? Photo Credit | Britta Gustafson

    Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited. A nickel indicates that you & the deceased trained at boot camp together,while a dime means you served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed. According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries & state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, & the funds are put toward maintaining the cemeteries.

    19 century Vinaigrette. These beauties held vinegar-soaked sponges so that when you walked out of your house onto the unspeakable filth of the 18th and 19th century streets...if you felt faint you could hold this up to your nose to block out the oder.

    “In the late 19th century it was a widely held belief that masturbation caused insanity and devices such as this were designed to prevent the wearer from touching or stimulating himself. They were often used in mental institutions and sometimes in the home.

    Saint Silvan....died 350AD and his body while never artifically preserved somehow never decayed...

    Mid 19th century photo of a child being steadied by a hand, most likely the mother

    Marie Tussaud was arrested and taken to the Bastille for being a royalist supporter. Her head was shaven, a custom before being taken to the guillotine, but was pardoned. She was forced to do not only one of the more curious acts in history, but one of the most morbid. She was employed to make death masks. The first were of course the most obvious: Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

    A safety coffin or security coffin is a coffin fitted with a mechanism to prevent premature burial or allow the occupant to signal that he/ she has been buried alive. A large number of designs for safety coffins were patented during the 18th and 19th centuries and variations on the idea are still available today.

    Both mother and child are deceased

    Blenobia Brimswaddle at age 100, in 1860. Blenobia gouged out her daughter Constance's wandering eye at 3 months of age, believing it would lead her to temptation and ruination with men when she grew of age.

    Girls with dolls ... the girl on the right is deceased