Photography + Ephemera

October 6, 2010

Photography and memorial ephemera are intrinsically linked and the use of photography within memorial ephemera only grew as the process became more cost effective.

As for the printing and the artwork itself, this piece shows the development of the neoclassical symbolism that had by now (early 20th century) become strongly linked to the mourning industry. Used here to surround the photograph, the symbolism is highly embellished, with the dove, columns, flowers, Christian symbols all being framed by a black curtain that is seeming to be pulled back.

Artwork like this had always been linked with Christianity, but this had become increasingly more prominent, with standard artwork being used for the majority of Christian denominations.Neoclassical symbolism had transcended Protestant and Catholic in the mainstream, with generic bible quotations and symbolism.

Further Reading on Memorial Ephemera

George V Memorial Card

Ephemera: 1915 Australian Memorial Card

Memorial Card and Hairwork

Queen Victoria Funeral Programme

The Graphic: Funeral of Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria Funeral Card

Parnell Mourning Ephemera

Prince Albert Memorial Ephemera

A Look Back on Ephemera

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