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Death Mask 1908 New York circa Making a plaster death mask. glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.

Italy’s most ghoulish site, this crypt houses thousands of corpses, fully dressed and hung from hooks. The practice began in 1599 when local priests mummified a holy monk and allowed visitors. Soon regular residents of Palermo wanted to be remembered in this fashion. Bodies are arranged by gender and profession; their facial expressions often eerily visible.

Italian crypt house.

Catacombe dei Cappuccini, Palermo, Italy - Italy’s most ghoulish site, this crypt houses thousands of corpses, fully dressed and hung from hooks. Bodies are arranged by gender and profession; their facial expressions often eerily visible.

Strange deaths, the last guy..seen the video..He just dies and everyone just claps and laughs o.O crazy!

Strange deaths, the last guy.He just dies and everyone just claps and laughs o.

'Apewoman' to Leave Norway  for Mexico Burial     The remains of Julia Pastrana, the so-called 19th century "apewoman", are set to be return...

This indigenous Mexican woman was stuffed & put on display after her death in Born with hypertrichosis, her features were characteristic of a gorilla; especially large nose & ears, face covered with hair, & a double set of teeth.

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Memento mori - The entire family was shot in their home and dumped into a nearby river, where officials fished the bodies out and eventually took this picture. Memento Mori ("Remember your Mortality" in Latin) Death Photo.

...the Victorian fascination with death...and "survivor guilt" when parents outlived children...picture from "Wisconsin Death Trip" by M. Lesy

the Victorian fascination with death.and "survivor guilt" when parents outlived children.picture from "Wisconsin Death Trip" by M.

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