When I was a kid my family went to Scotland and I remember being fascinated by a coin operated automaton Sweeney Todd’s barber shop. Those automaton things were all over the place back in Scotland then in the 19mumblemumbles. I don’t know if they are now. But this is almost as weird as the killer barber shop on Fleet Street.
It was on sale at Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers in Boston and is a coin operated automaton mortuary. I’d like to know what it sold for.
“’St. Dennistoun Mortuary’ Coin-Operated Automaton, attributed to Leonard Lee, c. 1900, the mahogany cabinet and glazed viewing area displays a Greek Revival mortuary building with double doors and grieving mourners out front, when 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.'”
(Via Laughing Squid)