poe funeral pic

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if you type edgar allan poe into google images search engine you'll find pictures that are supposed to be edgar in a coffin. is this a real picture ? anybody know ?

-- Anonymous, January 27, 2004


they are real. and because it is my birthday i told you this.

-- Anonymous, January 29, 2004

It doesn't look real. But that's just my opinion. Back then, they weren't big into taking pictures of the dead in their coffins. HOWEVER, they were big into tombstones.

-- Anonymous, January 30, 2004

I don't know, it doesn't really look like him. But you never know you start to change over the years once your dead.

-- Anonymous, January 31, 2004

He was lying in state for only a day and a half in the hospital, before being buried. During that period of time, only a few relatives and friends knew that he had passed on; his obituary had not hit the papers yet. So it seems unlikely that, say, some "Pentax-packing paparazzo" had the opportunity.

-- Anonymous, January 31, 2004

Firstly, the person in the coffin does not look really like Poe. Secondly, the clothing seems wrong, given that he was most likely buried in a nightshirt. (His own clothes had been switched when he was found, and Neilson Poe seems to have made the funeral arrangments. It was common practice at that time to bury someone in a nightshirt rather than a fancy suit, especially if that person was poor.) Thirdly, the only form of photography available in 1849 was the daguerreotype, which required expensive and heavy equipment -- not a very mobile operation. There is no historical record that such a picture was taken of Poe, and although later forms of photography were used for memento mori pictures, daguerreotypes were not. The chances of this being a real picture of Poe is essentially zero.

-- Anonymous, February 02, 2004

it is a tru picture i have it blown up 2 a posta size image n my bedrum wall and i tuk it because i'm a vampire and i am imortal and i will suck your blood ha ha ha (evil laugh)

-- Anonymous, February 03, 2004

Help! I can't see.

-- Anonymous, August 28, 2004

what pics?

-- Anonymous, November 03, 2004

No es el fregon

-- Anonymous, November 04, 2004

that is not the real edgar allan poe. I concur with otis. they didnt have very efficient cameras back then, and people werent buried in suits. trust me, i should know. ive studies him since my thirteenth birthday which just so happens to be on the same day of his 140th death anniversary.

-- Anonymous, March 14, 2005

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