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While reading this book we can't help but wonder what 1800s Philly must have looked like. Did some Googling and here's what we found:

Centennial Exhibition (1876)

Centennial Exhibition Philadelphia
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Interior of the exhibition (see that fountain?!?!)

Centennial Exhibition Philadelphia



Laurel Hill Cemetery

A monument at the Laurel Hill Cemetery
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A monument at the Laurel Hill

A monument at the Laurel Hill Cemetery




Caitlin (bookchats) Are there any good maps of 1800's Philadelphia out there? Reading this book makes me really really want to be able to visualize where things are in relation to each other.


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Caitlin wrote: "Are there any good maps of 1800's Philadelphia out there? Reading this book makes me really really want to be able to visualize where things are in relation to each other."

Here's a map of Philly from 1842. Hopefully this helps!

Here's a preview of it, the link above is where you can view it full size.

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Susan (stdennard) | 11 comments Caitlin wrote: "Are there any good maps of 1800's Philadelphia out there? Reading this book makes me really really want to be able to visualize where things are in relation to each other."

I actually have a map of the city from 1876 on the Something Strange & Deadly website! You can see it here: http://somethingstrangeanddeadly.com/...


Caitlin (bookchats) Thank you! Those help a lot.


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In the book, Eleanor references the bells in the Laurel Hill cemetary. Apparently those were a legit thing back in the day. Due to a large number of death due to disease, sometimes, people would be buried alive and some cemeteries equipped bells on a string in the graves so if you were in fact buried alive, you could ring the bell and someone would dig you out. Here's how the mechanism supposedly worked:

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Susan (stdennard) | 11 comments EpicReads wrote: "In the book, Eleanor references the bells in the Laurel Hill cemetary. Apparently those were a legit thing back in the day. Due to a large number of death due to disease, sometimes, people would be..."

They WERE in fact legit! People in the 1800s were so afraid of being buried alive that they designed those caskets with bells--but I thought why not make it so the casket bells are a warning someone has returned to life as the Dead? Way scarier that way... ;)


Renate | 8 comments Susan wrote: "EpicReads wrote: "In the book, Eleanor references the bells in the Laurel Hill cemetary. Apparently those were a legit thing back in the day. Due to a large number of death due to disease, sometime..."

Fact: I have a holy terror of being buried alive. The thought that this could somehow be scarier? Not possible, I thought, until I pondered that if people were afraid of me rising from the dead, no one would respond to the bell to dig my not-yet-dead body out of the ground. Holy crap, it actually did just get more terrifying. Thanks.


Susan (stdennard) | 11 comments Renate wrote: "Susan wrote: "EpicReads wrote: "In the book, Eleanor references the bells in the Laurel Hill cemetary. Apparently those were a legit thing back in the day. Due to a large number of death due to dis..."

Holy. CRAP. That is SO TRUE. I hadn't even thought of it like that!!!! I think my alternate Victorians will need to come up with a special version of the casket bell for those who really ARE a live... Maybe a speaking tube you can scream through??


Renate | 8 comments Susan wrote: "Renate wrote: "Susan wrote: "EpicReads wrote: "In the book, Eleanor references the bells in the Laurel Hill cemetary. Apparently those were a legit thing back in the day. Due to a large number of d..."

I don't think I'd even need it to amplify the sound; I would be so completely and utterly terrified that I'd use up all my air screaming myself hoarse.
Now I'm not gonna be able to sleep before work tonight...


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Sana (sanashams) Susan wrote: "EpicReads wrote: "In the book, Eleanor references the bells in the Laurel Hill cemetary. Apparently those were a legit thing back in the day. Due to a large number of death due to disease, sometime..."

Oh wow, this is pretty cool. I just got to the part about casket bells. Way to make something creepy into creepy scary. Impressive!


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