The life of Agnes Sturgeon has expanded beyond her small, folded memorial.
In the age before embalming and refrigerated storage, keeping bodies preserved and cool was a serious issue for undertakers and families alike.
Medieval wall paintings. Grand, loud, bright and famous. They fill the pages of guidebooks, celebrated by tourists for centuries. They are never forgotten. Right?
Ghosts and ghouls, hauntings and mournful spirits; one theme remains constant throughout. They are all human. Then there's Gef.
Instead of considering glass coffins and mausoleums, physician Timothy Clark Smith had rather more practical ideas...
Fisk’s patent explains that ‘the air maybe exhausted so completely as entirely to prevent the decay of the contained body on principles well understood; or, if preferred, the coffin may be filled with any gas or fluid having the property of preventing putrefaction.’
Over a period of seven days, the mysterious stain turned into the clear image of a face. A face that would not disappear, no matter how intensely Maria cleaned.