Tuesday, February 19, 2013
In the Victorian era, a deceased family member was displayed in the home while the family received visitors. This corpse preserver would be filled with ice to preserve the body until burial. Hinged lids permitted viewers to see the departed's face and body.
Elizabeth Abbe is showing us how the corpse preserver works. She is the Connecticut Historical Society's director of public outreach. When Elizabeth saw me wandering through the CHS halls with my camera, she invited me to see the treasures kept in the Society's storage area.
If you have an interest in cemeteries and other similar ghoulish topics, check in at Taphophile Tragics.