Infant Viewing Crib
Infant Viewing Crib

Museum of Funeral Customs, Springfield, IL. Photograph by A. Louise Myers. www.marbleorchard.com

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Infant Viewing Crib

circa 1915-1935

Museum of Funeral Customs

Springfield, IL

 

Instead of laying out a baby in a casket, sometimes the funeral director would use this specialized bassinet for the service.  It was considered "easier on the heart" for the bereaved rather than a conventional casket.