Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Memorial Cards

In the collection of the Franklin County Historical & Museum Society are many examples of the mourning or memorial card.  The design changes over time, and includes simple black-bordered paper and envelopes, more elaborate die cut paper memrorials, and these local examples of black cards with gilt embossing:

For more information on Western funereal and mourning customs, visit The Art of Mourning.


  1. Nice looking one.. Looks like great collection. I have noticed that many of the cards like this one hold clues for further family history research, some have photos of the person who has died.