Suicide & Spirits: The True Story of the Rise and Fall of the Lemp Empire


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This gorgeous bakelite comb was very popular among the ladies for their fashion styles. These "must have" accessories could be worn either as side or as back combs making the final look very attractive. It's generally known as the Sunray Pattern. The detail on this antique comb is amazing! It measures approximately 6. No chips, scratches, bends or fading. While we don't have a photo of Lillian wearing this particular comb, I have never seen a photo of her without something in her hair.

Troy borrowed some of Andrew Lemp Paulsen's personal items for his book. Also on page is a lock of Lillian's hair that has been carefully preserved that also belongs to Andrew. We know you will love adding this beautiful piece of history to your own collection or as the perfect gift idea! Just add a copy of Troy's book and Voila!! Bakelite: Bakelite is a sort of plastic material which was invented by the Belgian Leo Baekeland - Leo Baekeland went to the USA as an immigrant in He understood that the USA was a better country to make a career than Belgium.

Baekeland also invented photographic printing paper, called Velox, which could be developed under artificial light.

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Baekeland sold his invention to the Eastman Kodak Company. With the money he earned with the selling of his invention to Kodak, he bought a laboratory in the neighbourhood of New York in Yonkers. In this laboratory Baekeland invented his new revolutionary product 'Bakelite' in Bakelite was the first synthetic plastic. This new invention of Baekeland would conquer the world in less than 15 years after Because of this invention Baekeland is seen as the father of the present plastics and plastic industry.

Baekeland's own factory was taken over by Union Carbide Corp. Bakelite was a very popular trade name, just as popular as Hoover or Sellotape in the USA, but also in the rest of the world. After the invention in , Bakelite was, and still is, used in thousands of products like cars, household products, radios, electricity products and so on.

Billy was heir to largest brewery in the world at that time in But though the devices have gotten more complex, the spirit world has long been intertwined with technology.

In Samuel F. The parallels between Spiritualism and telegraphy were immediately drawn, and early publications, such as the Spiritual Telegraph , attested to this very simple analogy: just as the telegraph could send and receive over great distances, the Spiritualist could send and receive across the divide of life and death. Media and medium were two sides of the same coin.

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Image via Wikimedia Commons. No longer were they purely emanations of terror; now a direct communication with the dead could be established through technology. This has largely continued through all subsequent technological advancements: nearly every major communication technology has sooner or later been appropriated by ghost seekers. Radio and television, too, were seen as receptors for spirit messages from the beginning, with ghosts frequently discerned through static and failed connections.

He spent years making further recordings and researching the technique before publishing Radio Contact with the Dead in The search for ghosts often takes this form: of a kind of mourning, a working through of grief and loss. We look for the ghosts of those whose deaths we have not yet gotten over, as though we need their blessings to let them pass on. Elsa was the youngest of William Sr.

Elsa married the vice president of a metal company, Thomas Wright, in , but by all accounts the marriage was troubled.

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After their separation, Elsa, the wealthiest woman in St. Louis, changed her will to write Thomas out of it entirely. The unassuming suite that bears her name, hers when she was a child, looks out to the north, with St.

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Louis spilling out before it. She died in her own home, at 13 Hortense Place, some seven miles from the Lemp Mansion. Nearly every room in the house, it turns out, has a story. Then at some point I find myself alone in the Elsa Lemp Suite while the other guests are investigating other rooms.

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All the lights on the floor have been shut off, and the only way to see anything is through the infrared camera. No one is nearby that I can see, and no other explanation offers itself. I keep the camera focused on the air conditioner, seeing whether the phenomenon will repeat itself. Viewing a dark mansion through an infrared lens is undeniably eerie, no matter who you are. The realm of otherwise mundane objects takes on a pall. Things that are still in normal light pulse faintly in infrared; they seem like they could come alive at any moment.

The more ordinary the object and the longer the wait, the more our expectations heighten. You tense up. Horror movie premises so often involve a perfectly innocuous object turned malevolent—a house, a toy, a child. I discover that holding the camera for a long five seconds on an object is usually enough to make it unnerving, and I begin to question the light that I saw playing out over the air conditioner. Supposedly ghost hunters have gotten strong electromagnetic pulse EMP readings from the center of this room, supposedly this is significant, supposedly the distant sound of a dog can be heard on some recordings.

And sure enough, panning a camera down to the floor reveals stains in blotches and clumps. You can, in other words, create your own ghosts.

The light I saw moving across the air conditioner in the Elsa Lemp Suite may very well have been this. Why should they? Moving through these rooms supposedly haunted by the Lemp family, the other people on the tour are eagerly hunting for orbs and shadows, evidence of the ghostly presence of the Lemps and their supernatural curse. The Lemp Brewery. Image by Moose Winans. Fannie Zell had herself sent flowers from Billy, Charles, and their brother Edwin Lemp to convince others that she had admirers among the rich and powerful. Louis and the world know there is a Lemp descendant who is willing to share never before told stories of the famous Lemp family of St.

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