History of Hip: Industry of Death

It may be morbid to consider, but times with high death tolls often bring opportunities to make a buck. This was especially true during the Civil War, which had a casualty rate that still stands as the greatest in history for U.S. countrymen. In the years that followed, an industry offering services related to death and grieving began to flourish. This included the sale of mourning attire and jewelry, as well as development of better embalming techniques. For this installment of History of Hip, historian Elisabeth Connolly will discuss the traditions and rituals that emerged from the era, while presenting some of the funeral/bereavement fashions of the time. Photographer Lacey Prpic Hedtke will examine spirit photography, a popular 19th-century practice in which a live subject would pose for a pic, then a ghostly image of their beloved deceased would be transposed onto the shot for a haunting effect. 21+. (Pictured: Ambrotype, credit to David Rambow)
Tue., March 5, 7:30 p.m., 2013

 
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