Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dead...Or Alive?

Coffin : Cromwell viewing the dead body of Charles I on engraving from the 1800s. Engraved by J.Rogers after a painting by Paul de la Roche. Stock Photo
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In the 18th and 19th centuries, the possibility of being thought dead and then buried when not actually dead was widely feared, so much so that special coffins were built by many people.  These "safety-coffins" were equipped with breathing devices, keys that could unlock the casket from the inside, and devices that could inform observers that the buried coffin contained a living person.  For more information click here and click here.

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