- Item 21616 - Skowhegan home funeral, 1927
- Contributed by Skowhegan History House
- Item 21616
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The following observations and opinions were offered by a member of the Skowhegan Camera Club.Show Details
"While printing some of the old glass negatives from the Bloomfield Academy Collection, Skowhegan Camera Club members came across this rather ordinary scene in the kitchen of an unpretentious farmhouse. Most glass negatives have no clarifying descriptions, so members were using a magnifying glass to search for clues to the photographer's purpose. After a brief examination they suddenly noticed the gnarled hand and sleeve visible through the open doorway to the dining room. Closer examination revealed a white shroud beneath the table covering the floor. Another shroud lies on the table under the body. A black blanket covers the corpse. During earlier times, home funerals were common. Undertakers were often either unavailable or unaffordable. The freshly washed dishes on the sideboard and the pet food dishes on the floor remind us that even in the face of death, life's daily chores must go on."