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Old 11-11-2012, 07:00 PM
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Default Hearse top ornament

Hello folks! We installed a nice exhibition at the funeral home for our 60th year of service this weekend. We borrowed some stuff from local collectors like 1880's embalming kits and 1930's decoration stuff and a friend owned a particulat hearse ornament used until 1961-62 here.



First, Ill give you the link of the historical pictures I found at the archive center, on the majority of the pre-1960 hearses you can thee this kind of ornament on the top:

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dig...9&locale=fr-CA

and here is a close-up picture of a survivor:



If you know where I can get one, let me know!
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:39 PM
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now that would be a nice car to see more of. that ornament is nothing compared to the top of most European cars of that age. the cross is at least vary dignified. I guessing they had other designs for other religions? same as the crucifix in the side glass. I see that it's removable also.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:29 AM
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Is that held on with....SUCTION CUPS?........

Very neat tho. First I've ever seen. What kind of hearse is that pictured? Is that a Packard?

BTW...i couldn't understand a word of that website! Congrats on your 60 years Martin!!
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:43 AM
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Congrats on the 60th anniversary,some of those pictures on the link were amazing,some odd looking flower cars,you must have a large Catholic population,makes your place some where I will have to visit.Thank you.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:40 AM
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Thanks for the 60'th! ... not mine, 60 years of the funeral home!

North here are the last part of Quebec still 98% catholic and 100% french speaking. To give an example, my father can only understand in english yes, no, and toaster. About the car, what I understood it was something like a Pontiac locally modified but by the tail lights it seems to be another car, I have several other pictures of the Pontiac and it looks like a Barnette. Maybe a Hudson?

Here is a close up on another one funeral the same year:




Will ask to Mr Berube maybe he knows

Those crucifixes in the windows are removable and I don't know why but they were common in every S&S I saw until 1970's.

About this famous crown-cross it was fixed in place by 2 things, the rubber suction cups (3), and a screw held by the interior. Those ornaments were fixed on combinations just where the federal beacon light go and they used the hole. I saw a picture of another one, bigger and the crown was placed around the beacon. From what I heard it was sold by Girard &Godin and Montreal caskets until 1962 when probably the Vatican II council modified some parts of the Catholic funeral procession.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:57 AM
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It's a Chrysler !
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so the hood says vary nice conversion I would guess some were around 1950
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Fascinating car! This is a conversion, and a pretty good one at that, of a 1951-1952 Chrysler Crown Imperial long-wheelbase sedan or limousine. These were considered members of Chrysler's C-53 Series and, over the two year span, only 360 were produced. I haven't the slightest idea who did the conversion but, as I said, it appears to have been first rate. Thanks for posting images of this extreme rarity.
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Getting back to the top ornament, anybody ever own one?

I found 3 of them in the whole province... not one for sale.
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Since it was in Canada, it may been converted by John Little, just a guess.
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