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Mourning earrings [11 Apr 2010|11:26pm]

Hello all,

I've recently been lucky enough to find a pair of Victorian jet charms that I believe used to be earrings. Two carved hands, facing downwards with flowery cuffs around the wrists, each holding what looks like a sprig of leaves.

I can't find anything about the meaning of the design. Whenever I dig for hand motifs in mourning jewellery, I get results about 'hand carved' this and that.

Can anyone shed some light on the meaning of the design? Would they have been mourning pieces?

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Mourning [25 Feb 2010|04:30pm]

I found these at an antique show. I love the funeral displays.

These are both closed casket, no bodies, but they're beautiful. One is an new grave covered in flowers. Another is an in-home parlor display with closed coffin and flowers. I apologize for the bad scan quality of the latter. It's very large and in a mat, and had to sit across my scanner bed rather than in it (it's sunk a little), so the quality suffered.

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Enjoy. Cut to be polite.

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Is this still alive? [18 Feb 2010|04:50pm]

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I,m bored and need to post something,so enjoy.

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Doll Memento Mori Photos. [31 Mar 2009|06:54pm]

Before you freak out and call the law this is a photo of a DOLL.A DOLL I MADE.No babies,coffins or cameras were hurt in the making of these photos.
I took some photos of my Memento Mori,Sleeping Beauty doll which I made and is in my private collection.I have been wanting to do some Memento Mori style photos with it.And I did and I'm selling some prints of it on my website in the Gift Shop:Art prints section www.uglyart.net
They are 15.00 for a 8 X 12 inch photo print,30.00 for a 20X30 inch print.
Ugly Shyla
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Ugly Art Dolls

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[10 Sep 2008|12:18am]

A few pics taken on my recent trip to Boston:

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[09 Sep 2008|08:18pm]

A friend and I frequent a local cemetery. It's rather famous as it was America's first municipal cemetery. It is however, trashed by people. My friend and I are trying to devise a list of cemetery etiquette and we're stumped. I was wondering if you all could help me compile a list.

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Question on Symbols [26 Aug 2008|12:16am]

low_delta posted This image over on mourning_souls and I was wondering if anyone here could identify what the mushrooms might symbolize on the headstone. Any ideas?

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Victorian Cemetery Photos [21 Jul 2008|09:18am]

[ mood | cheerful ]

I'm new and still trying to figure out
how to navigate the communities here.
Your photos are great!!
Especially the stereo card, very nice!
I have several cemetery photos on my
web site if you would like to take a look.
Click on New Taphophilia page.

I also re-enact in Victorian mourning
clothing from the late 1800's.

The Bronx cemetery definitely looks like a
great place to see sculptures in granite .
What is your favorite place to photograph?

My best friend Greg from New Hope
has an antique shop with Victorian
funeral & mourning  photos,
books, etc. It's called Tear Drop
Memories. www.TearDropmemories.com
Are you familiar with his site?

I hope it's okay to post like this :)
Kind regards,
Victoriana Lady Lisa

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[06 Jul 2008|07:37pm]

I was given an antique stereoscope a few years ago by my Mother along with a box of slides. I don't really collect these slides but couldn't resist this one:


The building in the rear is the Gatehouse from Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY. I've spent many hours wondering about Greenwood, camera in hand and someday I'll actually completely photograph it's 478 acres.

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Hopewell Cemetery -- Old Stuff!! [07 Oct 2007|01:50pm]


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Lowell Cemetery- July 2007 (Second batch) [05 Oct 2007|11:13am]


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I really want to find my scans from Highgate Cemetery.

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Linwood Cemetery- July 27th 2007 [04 Oct 2007|04:04pm]


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Sarah Ann Harrison, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Phila., PA [13 Aug 2007|09:31pm]

Sarah Ann died in May of 1850. Her husband, George L. Harrison, was a successful merchant. They were living in the vicinity of Spruce Street at the time of her death, with their three children and three Irish domestics. One of their immediate neighbors was Philadelphia common pleas court judge James Campbell who would later become PA State Attorney General and then U.S. Postmaster General from 1853-57. They weren't living in the cheap seats, and Sarah's monument definitely reflects that. Here she is, overlooking the Schuylkill River in Old Laurel Hill.

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[30 Jul 2007|05:25pm]

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[25 Jul 2007|11:18pm]

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[25 Jul 2007|10:13pm]

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Necropolis: London and its Dead is a fascinating study of London's status as centuries-old burial ground, and how the city's relationship to death and its dead has played a pivotal role in its history. It begins with the Neolithic tribal settlements in the area which became the capital, moving onto Roman ritual and burial and then,in the post-Pagan centuries, the vast differences in the treatment of death via Christian belief. Medieval death, plague and the notion of ars moriendi (the art of dying well) are explored, as is the Great Fire of 1665, the population boom of the following two centuries. The crystalisation of Victorian attitudes to grief and mourning naturally take up a great deal of the book, as do the completions of the vast (then) out-of-town cemeteries such as Kensall Green and of course Highgate, after the massive scandals of the Resurrection-Men, mass burials, cholera and the public health horrors of the mid-1800s. Moving on from the nineteenth century, Arnold argues that the intricate and established cult of grief long-held in Victorian London necessarily had to alter after the mass deaths of WWI made intimate mourning and, indeed, graveside reveries, impossible and contrived in the face of rapidly advancing, agnostic modernity.

The amount of material covered in this slim paperback edition is quite staggering, but Arnold makes easy work of the vast subject matter and manages to convey a neat narrative progression throughout. She has an obvious relish for the macabre, but never falls into either of the standard-issue pitfalls when dealing with the subject of death: she neither becomes overly hammy and lighthearted, nor does she descend into the sober depths of elegy. At all times she is even-handed, engaging, critical and honest.

The Victorian period is allotted a considerable amount of space and this book would be of great interest to those interested in Victoriana. Far from revealing an especial prejudice on the part of the author, however, this merely reflects the fact that it was during the nineteenth century that the subject of death was critical from a social, cultural, political and health point of view. Proof that we take many things for granted nowadays, Arnold retells the horrors of Victorian burial: the foul, crammed churchyards, the thefts of bodies, the mass graves where decomposition was often aided with quick-lime and bodies were made to fit their 'snug' abodes via dismemberment, or unscrupulous undertakers jumping up and down upon the corpses...facts both intriguing and harrowing illuminate this book throughout. The Victorian industry of death is also examined: the importance of mourning fashion, of status, of monuments and propriety.

Fascinating throughout, I would recommend this book to anyone with even the mildest curiousity about the subject matter. It is thorough and never exploitative. You will finish reading it, as I did, and feel absolutely certain that London has a unique and sometimes ghastly relationship with its dead. To finish: did you know that part of the London Underground near Kensington veers away from its usual straight course due to the impossibility of drilling through a mass grave of plague dead on that site?...

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Lowell Cemetery, Lowell MA [27 Jun 2007|04:01pm]


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Princeton Cemetery, New Jersey [18 Jun 2007|12:05am]


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[17 Jun 2007|09:43pm]

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Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA [12 May 2007|07:40pm]

cearbhaill and I visited Mt. Vernon Cemetery last week. The place is overgrown and the buildings/gatehouse are in sad, sad disrepair, but it's nowhere near as wretched as Mount Moriah. Mt. Vernon requires that you make an appointment at least 24 hours in advance in order to visit there. The phone number to call is 215-229-6038. They get back to you within 24 hours of your call, within business hours. (I called them at 2:30 p.m. on Monday and they called me back at 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday.)

The album is here: Mount Vernon Cemetery, Ridge Ave & Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Password is memento mori. (I just do that to avoid getting comment-spammed, really.)

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