Category: Victorian era

Victorian Fashion Was Not Always Elegant: 32 photos that show…

Victorian Fashion Was Not Always Elegant: 32 photos that show the awfulness of women’s hairstyles from the 19th century.

Chicago Tribune, Illinois, December 11, 1877

Chicago Tribune, Illinois, December 11, 1877

Eaton Democrat, Ohio, May 13, 1858

Eaton Democrat, Ohio, May 13, 1858

The San Francisco Call, California, July 26, 1896

The San Francisco Call, California, July 26, 1896

Life Magazine, November 21, 1889

Life Magazine, November 21, 1889

All Is Vanity, Charles Allan Gilbert, 1896

All Is Vanity, Charles Allan Gilbert, 1896

The San Francisco Call, California, August 16, 1896

The San Francisco Call, California, August 16, 1896

The San Francisco Call, California, July 19, 1896

The San Francisco Call, California, July 19, 1896

The San Francisco Call, California, July 12, 1896

The San Francisco Call, California, July 12, 1896

Southern Standard, Columbus, Indiana, January 22, 1853I’m not…

Southern Standard, Columbus, Indiana, January 22, 1853

I’m not surprised these didn’t overtake traditional coffins, they look pretty creepy! The idea was that the bodies would stay in better condition because the coffins were “air tight”. That’s why they had windows – so you could view the face without having to open the casket. Some advertisements called them  “embalming coffins”. They’d also make things a little more difficult for grave robbers. Similar coffins were also used if the person had died from a contagious disease. The coffins came with a door that would cover the face window, and the upraised bit over the chest was a name plate.

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And Archiving Wheeling:

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