A sumptous promotional booklet to celebrate a Troy Richardson-esque landmark shortly after its opening and to pitch the virtues of the then uncommon practice of cremation. Oblong, 9 by 11 inches, 23 by 28 cm. Unpaginated, 32 leaves, plus wraps. The structure was built in 1889 by a wealthy Troy shirt and collar manufacturer to commemorate the untimely death of his son, who had asked to be cremated in his will. The architect was Albert Fuller, who was from Troy, who was given a carte blanche in terms of design. The result was a structure palatial in scale and detail, and while perhaps unexpected in the Troy of today, was a stunning symbol of the prosperity of the city in its heyday. The opulence and beauty of the building, both exterior and interior, and its furnishings, is evident in the many sensitively-lit photographs printed in the brochure. Roughly the second half of the brochure is devoted to proselytizing on behalf of cremationm, with statements from well-known personages in support of cremation as a method of disposing of the dead, a statistical table on the use of cremation in the U.S., and the like. Finally are attached affidavit forms for anyone wishing to have a body cremated. Other than a short closed tear by the upper front joint, close to pristine. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The Gardner Earl Memorial Chapel and ...
Publisher: Frederick S. Hills
Publication Date: 1902
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition
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