What in the World Wide Web?

See this car and 19 other License Plates to Die For.

Simply Plates (via Neatorama)


From the website, Jalopnik, a vintage wood-carved hearse from Argentina:

The Amazing Vintage Funeral Cars Of Argentina

Link to Jalopnik article.

My favorite blog, Boing Boing, featured the collection of Hayden Peters, who runs a site called Art of Mourning.

In an interview with Collectors Weekly, Historian and Collector Hayden Peters charts the evolution of mourning jewelry from the 16th century through its most prolific period during the reign of Queen Victoria.

Here’s an excerpt from their interview:

Collectors Weekly:  So, just to be clear, is mourning jewelry considered a type of funeralia?

This Victorian hairwork bracelet featured a weave that stretched to fit the wearer. The clasp is neo-Rococo.
This Victorian hairwork bracelet featured a weave that stretched to fit the wearer. The clasp is neo-Rococo.

Peters:  Yes. Some pieces are obviously made with the funeral in mind. In the 16th century, it wasn’t unheard of to leave an allocation in your will for the construction of mourning jewelry to be given to the loved ones at the funeral. To me that’s funeralia. That’s an accessory of mourning and part of the pomp and showiness of the funeral itself.

There were other things, though, that may be considered mourning but not funeralia. For example, I don’t consider the neoclassical stuff to be real funeralia, but it all falls under that umbrella. Funeralia, itself, is another world. You have the actual cemetery, the burial, and God knows what. It has so many facets. I think the jewelry fits in there in some way.

Read the full interview here.

Check out Peters’ site, the Art of Mourning, here.

Here’s a few pictures submitted to Oddly Specific, which highlights some interesting and, occasionally unintended, comedy in signage:

It’s that time of year again!  No, not the time where we dance naked in the moonlight to celebrate the winter solstice.  Unless, of course, any of you are Wiccans, in which case, by all means, dance away.  Just remember, it’s pretty cold out there, so start a fire or something.  But not a raging forest fire, those are bad.

Wait, where were we?

Oh yeah, it’s time for a “best of” recap of 2009. 

I’ve reviewed the blog, noticed how seldom I’ve posted in the last few months, and, after scolding myself, compiled what I consider to be the best posts of the previous year.  Here they are, in chronological order:

Hey, Vendors. Stop Telling Me How Hungry You Are.
Just Another Celebrity Cremation
Are You Still Conducting Processions?

Nobody Cares About the Jones
Minnesota Funeral Director Opens Up About Effects of Cremation

2009 Georgia Expo Day 2 and Results
Why You Can’t Protect “Ideas” in Business
Quantity Can Produce Quality
Choosing the Right Convention Opportunities

Making Money with Online Memorials
Dale Clock Shares a Review of ICCFA Expo 2009
Why I Joined the Eternal Space Advisory Council
Charles Cowling Comments on My Affinity for Eternal Space

Ohio FDA Expo Preparations Are Under Way
OFDA 2009: Expenses

EternalSpace Not So Eternal After All?
Eustis Historical Museum: Something Borrowed
Eternal Space: a Debacle?
My Letter to Thomas Parmalee About EternalSpace
Great “Almost Obituary” for Michael Jackson

Elite Uniforms is Open for Business!

How Many People Will you Meet at the NFDA Convention?
Last Minute Preparations for NFDA 2009

Cremation Continues Its Unrelenting March

Exhibitor Advice

2009 NFDA Convention: The Whole Story

Anyone Hiring a “Corpse Beautician”?

Just read the blog post from Unnecessary Umlaut.  It’s interesting and disturbing and, I’m sure, something that makes this funeral home memorable.

Spooky:  Miniature Golf in Basement of Ahlgrim’s Funeral Home

Our friends at Failblog call this a “breaking news fail”:

epic fail pictures

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