Momento Mori

Collection by Vintage Tikitacky


I don't find these items or images gruesome. Momento Mori. A remembrance of a dead loved one. Literally, Momento Mori translates to "Remember your mortality". Just like Dia de los Muertos, the purpose is to remember our dead loved ones. It has been theorized that the reason we now turn away from these items or consider them vulgar, sensational, or even satanic is that we are not as 'up close and personal' with death as our ancestors were. We shun reminders of our mortality. We no longer dress and lay out our loved ones for their burial; memorial services are not held in our parlors (or 'death room'), instead they are hosted at funeral parlors. Yes, the parlor in your home also served as, and was referred to as, the "death room". In 1910 the Ladies Home Journal declared the death room finished and henceforth it began being referred to as the "living room". Anyway, death is not anything we want to be reminded of in the way that Victorian society dwelled upon it. Lastly, In regards to the momento mori photographs popular in Victorian times, remember that photography was in its infancy in the mid 1800s and prohibitively expensive. A Dageurreotype would cost a week's wages. However, this new technology gave families a way to keep an image of their loved one. And it was likely the only time you would ever BE photographed. By the time the Brownie camera came along, the day of the post mortem photo had faded away. Professional photographers were not needed in order to capture an image. You now had the ability to take photos yourself whenever you wanted! Having said all of that, the coffin photo is making a small but noticeable comeback recently.

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lilly's husband, elmer, just had a very bizarre, dark sense of humor. still very creepy.

Oh, my goodness!

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Another Lady of the Krakow Crypt. Female was poisoned by father on wedding day for marrying man disapproved of. She wears wedding dress in death. The year:

Another Lady of the Krakow Crypt. A woman who was poisoned by her father on her wedding day for marrying a man he disapproved of. She lies in her wedding dress. The year was 1787.

Victorian mummy - "Incredibly, they would often keep the body of an infant and, once it was mummified, they would dress the baby's body and keep it as a memento. It was the equivalent of the modern day taxidermy of a treasured pet." Really bizarre!

Crypt and tree merge in an old cemetery in Kalaupapa National Park, Molokai, Hawaii.

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Love, Grieve, Remember

1955 ad for Rock of Ages Monuments (artwork by Norman Rockwell) Norman Rockwell Art, Norman Rockwell Paintings, Julius Caesar, Vintage Advertisements, Vintage Ads, Napoleon, Jackson, Rock Of Ages, Portraits

Tombstone ad illustrated by Norman Rockwell, 1955

a full page tombstone ad in Good Housekeeping, April 1955 illustrated by Norman Rockwell.

Post Mortem Photos: Memento Mori, ca.

Collected Letters of the Widow Flannigan

tuesday-johnson: “ ca. 1864, [post mortem portrait of two children], Squyer Studio ”

Mourning the dead is not like it is now. There were very strict and formal rules for those in mourning. By the century mourning behavior in England had developed into a complex set of rules, especially with the upper … Victorian Costume, Victorian Gothic, Victorian Fashion, Vintage Fashion, Vintage Glam, Gothic Art, Gothic Fashion, Vintage Ladies, Historical Costume

A Victorian mourning dress from the late 1800s. The wearer would have been past the fist stage of mourning when shiny fabrics like taffeta were not allowed.

The whole story begins with the death of King Hamlet. The coffin illustrates the death of King Hamlet.

Museum of American Glass, Millville, New Jersey

The largest museum of American sculpted silicates has quirky exhibits for the diligent, including the world's largest glass bottle and a casket made of glass.

Victorian Post-mortem Photography of Celebrities - Yahoo Image Search Results

Memento Mori-The Walters Museum. Figure of Death (Memento Mori) attributed to Hans Leinberger, sculpted of boxwood. Memento Mori, Vanitas, Crane, Mode Renaissance, La Danse Macabre, Inspiration Artistique, Skull Art, Dark Art, Sculpture Art

Figure of Death (Memento Mori)

This is an outstanding example of a "memento mori," or "reminder of death": a gruesome skeleton clothed in tattered flesh holds a scroll bearing the Latin inscription, "I am what you will be. I was what you are. For every man is this so." That the artist--probably Hans Leinberger--has depicted the cadaver in a graceful pose that mimics that of Adam in Albrecht Dürer's famous engraving of Adam and Eve is probably intentional; it was due to Adam's sin that humans were subject to death…

Death Conference Talk at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland September 2011 Sleeping Beauty: Post Mortem Photographic.

One of the other surviving glass coffins, at the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, TX. (Yes, in the background, you are seeing a casket built for three people. Very interesting and a must see!

National Museum of Funeral History, Houston, Texas

Impressive collection of caskets, hearses, and funeral industry regalia, including JFK's original Eternal Flame, Truman's embalming machine, and a waxy Pope and Lincoln lying in coffins.