DISMEMBERED ARMS AND LEGS, OH MY!

Cincinnati is known for a lot of things but in the late 1880's it seems beer, caskets and cadavers were top of the list, and I think this tale links them together quite splendidly. Back then, our city's beer consumption ranked 2 1/2 times the national average. That comes in at about 40 gallons for…

LEFT AT THE STATION

I came across this interesting old story from The Cincinnati Enquirer, August 11, 1925. Can you imagine a coffin just sitting out at a subway station, unclaimed for days? COFFIN LOST IN TRANSITBody Lies on Station Platform fore Removal To Cincinnati.After having been sent from Chicago to Marinette, Wisconsin, by mistake, and later lying outside…

CINCINNATI, COFFIN CITY U.S.A.

For centuries, the Cincinnati area has been the nation's leading producer of coffins, caskets and burial vaults. If you saw the previous post you know Cincinnati's own Crane, Breed & Co. developed game-changing metal, rectangular caskets in the 1850's. These state-of-the-art beauties were a far cry from the coffins of yore. These caskets were considered…