Sunday, February 21, 2010

Photo Number 115

This photo has my curiosity, who in the world do you suppose is in this coffin?   It is a fairly large photo, 5x7 and the matting board is about 8x10.  So it wasn't  just a  passing thing.. ha!
  This is the mark on the back, a stamp?   I could not find out anything about a photographer by this name.  The only hit I had was concerning a Free Soil political party.. do you suppose that this photo is foreign ..since the Photograph is spelled with an e at the end?  Do you suppose someone important died and this was sent to family members in America?   What a sad way to get news of a relatives death, but he or she did have some fairly nice flowers.

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Update from Iggy:  
The photographer:
There is a Charles C. Stuck living in Freesoil, Mason county, Michigan.

5 comments:

  1. Yikes, that is morbid, isn't it? I know it was the custom "back in the day" to take pictures of even dead bodies in caskets for "one last rememberance"...but I find it gruesome!

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  2. That is very curious. Hope you are having a nice afternoon.

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  3. I had a picture of my Grandfather in a casket, side view, I was looking for it, that I never did find in the house of my mom's. Maybe it is best that I didn't.
    That maybe is where the dried flowers in my mom's graduation photo came from. There were flowers everywhere from what I remembered from the photo.

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  4. I have read it was quite common to photograph funerals for exactly the reason you suggest. Embalming was not what it is today, plus sometimes only a few close relatives could attend if they lived near by. In the time of great emigration to America it makes sense a photo of a patriarch's funeral would help family abroad get a sense of the occasion. State funerals were also photographed much like we document them now. Stalin's funeral was attended by thousands but it's not likely they really saw anything.

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  5. There is a Charles C. Stuck living in Freesoil, Mason county, Michigan.

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