The Funeral of Mike Merlo

Original picture here.

A wax and flower effigy of the deceased featured at his funeral, attended by ten thousand people.

His Wikipedia page.
     Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 16, 2017
     Category: Death | Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough | 1920s

Before seeing that it was flowers, I thought it was an early example of the new trend in post mortem photography/funerals:

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Posted by S. Norman on 06/16/17 at 07:58 AM
The main reason those guys in the photo look grim is probably that the shooting had just started. O'Banion was already the next stiff.
Posted by Virtual on 06/16/17 at 12:13 PM
It seems like every city has a fixer in local politics. In my hometown, during the 1960's population around 10,000, it always seemed that there was a realtor or two on the city council, busily approving new annexations to the city for development. When the city reached a certain population density those families' grip on power faded away. Too bad they didn't live long enough to see the mess they made of the city.
Posted by KDP on 06/16/17 at 03:29 PM
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