St. Dennistoun Mortuary” Coin-Operated Automaton, Attributed to Leonard Lee, c. 1900

St. Dennistoun Mortuary” Coin-Operated Automaton, Attributed to Leonard Lee, c. 1900, Skinner Auctioneers, June 2, 2012

All I have to say is WOW: pictured above are scenes from a coin-operated automaton (which I am guessing is from the 1920s or 30s, rather than 1900 as the auctioneers claim) in which, after a coin is inserted, “doors open and the room is lighted revealing four morticians and four poor souls on embalming tables, the morticians move as if busily at work on their grisly task and mourners standing outside bob their heads as if sobbing in grief.”

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One thought on “St. Dennistoun Mortuary” Coin-Operated Automaton, Attributed to Leonard Lee, c. 1900

  1. dborys says:

    Wow for sure, Don. I wish we could know the story behind the making of this and who conceived and carried out the idea. Bizarre and morbid yet fascinating.

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