FarOutFridayA friend forwarded a story to me recently from Retro Indy (Indianapolis) about a device invented in the late eighteenth century, which led me to explore a bizarre series of patents granted from the 1840’s through the early twentieth century.  The September 20, 1963 issue of Life magazine suggested that one peculiarity of the nineteenth century, the fear of being buried alive, may have been inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s creepy stories.  Victorians had a “thing” about death.

This article has been removed from the web site, but will be featured in the September-October 2019 issue of Digging History Magazine.  It will be updated, complete with footnotes and sources.  Trust me — you don’t want to miss it!  Other articles scheduled for that issue include “Ways to Go in Days of Old” and “O, Victoria, You’ve Been Duped!”.

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