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20thC Painted Pine Mortician Advertising Sign

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1260

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2013

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Item Description

The coffin shaped hand-painted mortician premises sign of good size, reading “P. W. Maller Mortician, Coffins Made to Order, Finest Canadian Pine, Special Rates” in gold paint to a black ground and surviving from the third quarter of the twentieth century.

There is chipping and wear to the paintwork, which gives the sign a decorative appeal with no cracks or losses.

For as long as human beings have cared for their dead, there have been funeral directors. The ancient Egyptians were possibly the first society to support full-time funeral directors with specialist priests spending up to 70 days preparing deceased royalty and nobility for the afterlife.

The name change from undertakers to morticians was first proposed in 1895 in The Embalmers’ Monthly, a funeral business trade magazine. It sounded more user-friendly and it distanced itself from the business at hand, which was death.

Darkly humorous, beautifully decorative, fabulously unique.

Item Info

Seller

DOE AND HOPE

Seller Location

London, UK

Item Dimensions

H: 107cm W: 61cm >D: 5cm

Period

c.1980

Item Location

United Kingdom

Seller Location

United Kingdom

Item Location

United Kingdom

Seller Contact No

+44 (0)1767 640995

+44 (0)772 9213013

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