11 thoughts on “19th Century Family Car Stickers

  1. The stickers feel like the 2010s’ answer to the old Baby on Board signs, and I keep waiting for actual real parodies of them along the lines of what you mentioned, Paul.

  2. As someone whose parents’ car would not have looked entirely dissimilar to that one – my dead sister’s birthday is in five days – I gotta say, that was still pretty hilarious.

    Part of it is that I read a lot of 19th-century history. Here’s what Salmon P. Chase’s car would have looked like:
    Salmon P. Chase
    Dead first wife (age 23, married two years)
    Dead daughter (age 5)
    Dead second wife (age 25, married six years)
    Living daughter
    Dead daughter (infant)
    Dead daughter (infant)
    Dead third wife (age 36, married six years)
    Living daughter
    Dead daughter (infant)
    And that sort of thing was not at all atypical.

    However, I think reality might have beaten you to the punch here: I’ve actually seen a lineup like this in real life, except instead of gravestone stickers, it had little angels interspersed among the living children. (Quite a lot of them.)

  3. I felt as if I was actually short-changing a lot of 19th century families, only having three graves on there. I can’t decide how I feel about having angels represent dead children in such a lineup. On the one hand, I don’t expect families to forget dead children/siblings; on the other hand….

  4. The stickers feel like the 2010sā€™ answer to the old Baby on Board signs, and I keep waiting for actual real parodies of them along the lines of what you mentioned, Paul.

    So you want Calvin peeing on the family-of-five-and-the-dog, amirite?

  5. I’d love these stickers – they’re a great send up, but also a poignant reminder for the anti-vaccination crowd.

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