YESSSS I say that all the time without even thinking about it! Inexplicably one of those lines that just… stuck in my head. My gift to you, Kent Mansley:
Newly Made Widow- ‘He is a fashionable undertaker, but even his charges are far below what I can afford, and I want to give my husband the most expensive funeral I can, you know.’
The Friend- ‘Why don’t you get a plumber to bury him then?’
The Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kansas, September 4, 1891 (via fetch-the-undertaker)
GUYS. My most amazing friend Kelly started a blog basically about all the weird things she’s found writing her dissertation on 19th c. morticians (officially called: “Men of Sorrow, Markets of Grief: A History of the American Funeral Industry, 1780-1930.”) She’s just getting started, but please give her a warm welcome to Tumblr!
AAaaaa Kelly is amazing and this blog is probably going to be amazing! If you love history- especially the weird, particular tidbits of history that make it so rich and oddly relatable- you should definitely check this out.