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Framing Grief: Funeral Flower Frames in America, 1860-1920

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dc.contributor.advisor Goldsborough, Jennifer Askew, Janie Rawles
dc.creator Askew, Janie Rawles 2018-04-26 2018-07-02T13:37:03Z 2018-07-02T13:37:03Z
dc.description.abstract The multitude of flowers frames used in American mourning culture of the nineteenth century up to World War I have left behind a vivid, visual history of the changing perceptions about death. This thesis will explore how funeral flower frames reveal an emotional and cultural shift from fears of hellfire and damnation, to a concept of restful sleep for the redeemed soul and hope of being reunited in a better place. The use of flowers at funerals evolved from a way to mask the physical and sensory ugliness of death to messages of religious and sentimental beauty, to individualized and symbolic representations of the deceased, and finally to conventional tokens for the funeral director to use decoratively. This thesis will explore the relationship between the presence of wire flower frames at funerals and the changing perceptions of death throughout the nineteenth century and up to World War I.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject floriculture en_US
dc.subject funerals en_US
dc.subject flowers en_US
dc.subject mourning en_US
dc.subject flower arrangement en_US
dc.title Framing Grief: Funeral Flower Frames in America, 1860-1920 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Arts in History of Decorative Arts en_US Master's en_US History of Decorative Arts en_US George Mason University en_US

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