Great lists from The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to The Seven Forgotten Wonders of the Medieval Mind.
The coffins are designed to represent an aspect of the dead person’s life — such as a car if they were a driver, a fish if their livelihood was the sea — or a sewing machine for a seamstress. They might also symbolize a vice — such as a bottle of beer or a cigarette.
Torchy started out as a teenager living with her family, but quickly developed into a strong and independent woman. She frequently stood up to injustice, and racism was only one of the forms she opposed. She was all the things black women in mainstream media of the time were not — resolute, intelligent, resourceful, courageous … and sensual, a word critics and commentators have repeatedly used to describe her.
(via Digital Femme)