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What Is A Mourning Card?
Why Would You Need A Mortsafe?
Mortsafe in Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh. By Kim Traynor
What is Death Photography?
|Example of death photography, subjects unknown
Why Were Bells Fitted to Coffins?
One of the most enduring legends of Victorian England is that people would fit bells to their coffins to prevent themselves from being buried alive. Being buried alive was a widespread fear at the time and covered in newspaper articles and literature, including; Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher, The Cask of Amontillado, Berenice and The Premature Burial. Safety coffins with measures such as bells, feeding tubes, transparent screens and flags were invented to combat this fear. The idea was that the person inside the coffin could signal to the outside world if they were alive, or the graveyard attendant or priest could monitor the grave for signs of life. However, there are no documented cases of safety coffins successfully helping an accidentally buried person escape.
|The Premature Burial by Antoine Wiertz: a cholera patient reaching out from a coffin. He was misidentified as dead
With The Dead
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