In today's world, a death is remembered through our waves of
modern communication such as the web and its devices, newspaper, signs, radio and word of
mouth. However, in the late 1800's up until the 1920's, funeral cards were used as a
remembrance of the deceased. These cards were also termed memorial cabinet cards and were the
size of what was known as cabinet photographs. (This was the style of photograph chosen for
portraits in 1870 and was comprised of a thin photograph mounted on cards which measured six and
one-half inches by four and one-half inches.) The cards, like the photographs, were printed on
thick card stock and were to be displayed either in a frame or in the family album.
research, I found that companies who manufactured these cards had people assigned to find death
notices and sent advertising to them in hopes that the family would order cards as a remembrance of
their loved one. Therefore, these memorial cards would have been ordered and received well
after a funeral; however, the purpose of them was to become a keepsake memorial for the family of
the dead and to be placed in the family photo album along with the family's cabinet photographs.
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