I absolutely love this video from WBEZ that delves into the history of the relatively unknown “L” funeral cars that used to stop at various cemeteries in Chicago. According to local historian Joe Piersen, also the President of the Northwestern Historical Society, the “L” train funeral cars were put into service in about 1905 and could hold both the mourners and the casket going to a cemetery.

According to WBEZ’s reporting, the cost of such a luxury of a service is equivalent to about $7000 in today’s money.

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Video and more photos after the jump.

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