The US company Spaulding Decon cleans up after crime scenes, hoarders and meth labs and has an interesting YouTube channel, Crime Scene Cleaning, that follows the cleaners on some of their jobs. With the hoarder cleanups, it is unbelievable to see how some people live and how it can affect their neighbors. The videos are not for the faint of heart.
Weeks before his death in January 1883, Gustave Doré completed a set of illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” They were prepared for publication as a Christmas book gift available by October of that year. A copy of the book cost $10 at the time, which is equivalent to $244 today. It sold well and received critical praise. Following are some select images from the edition from the Graphic Arts Collection of the Fireside Library at Princeton University (see full post at https://graphicarts.princeton.edu/2018/03/29/gustave-dores-raven/).
As you are, so once was I;
As I am, so you will be.
Memento Mori Rosary Bead, ca. 1520-1530 (made), from the V&A Collection
Caitlin Doughty from the YouTube channel Ask a Mortician discusses the history of death masks. I was particularly fascinated by how they were linked to the modern wax museum.