In A Human Moment

Miscellany from the 19th century


The New Albany (Ind.) Tribune has the following:-

“Mr John R. Cannon, of this city, has just obtained a patent for glass coffins. The invention seems to be a valuable one, and we will attempt to briefly describe it:

The coffin is made of glass, from one half to an inch thick, cast in two pieces of the ordinary form. In the upper edge of the body of the coffin is a groove, in which a tongue in the lid loosely fits. When a corpse is placed in the coffin, this groove is filled with melted cement; the lid is placed on, and firmly held by three iron bands until the cement is hardened. Through a small hole in the top of the coffin the air is then extricated by means of an air pump.

By these means Mr Cannon claims, that bodies may be preserved in their natural state for all time to come; and when placed in vaults can only be accessible to the gaze of those who are left behind.

The expense of these coffins will be no more than that of ordinary wooden coffins; and if the expectations of the inventor are realized so far as the preservation of the coffins is concerned, they will immediately come into general use, and our friend Mr. Cannon will realize a magnificent fortune.”


Jackson’s Oxford Journal  Saturday, January 14, 1860; Issue 5568
Gale Document Number: BA3200106972
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