Victorian/Vintage Death Photos - So Fascinating
Intriguing to say the least....
✯ The girl who is standing in the photo is the one who is dead. This is a classic example of photographic art. Notice the hands. For people wondering how the corpse is standing up, there is a posing stand supporting the body it’s very hard to see but the stand is supporting the neck, arms and back.✯
Man o’ War in his coffin. The most famous Thoroughbred died on November 1, 1947 at the age of 30 of an apparent heart attack. He was the first horse to be embalmed, and his casket was lined in his riding colors. Man o’ War’s funeral was broadcast internationally over the radio and over 2,000 people came to pay their final respects.
Previous pinner states this is a Momento Mori of sisters held up by support stands. I do not believe this to be a post-mortem photo at all. Both sisters are looking directly at the camera. Two things to be very wary of: Claimed momento mori where the body is standing, or is looking at the camera. You can be almost 100% certain you are NOT looking at a postmortem photo. What do you think about these two children?
sisters being held up by stands
Three clues indicate that this photo is most likely a postmortem. First, the baby's eyes have been altered. Secondly, the baby's right hand is tied at the wrist and held in place to give the appearance of movement. Lastly, the baby's left hand shows signs of discoloration and decomposition.
The Strange Case of Jeremy Bentham: At his request, he was taxidermied after his death. Supposedly, the process to preserve the head went terribly wrong and left his face showing lack of expression therefore, unattractive. So, his head was replaced with the wax substitute and for a time was placed on the floor between his legs. It now sits in storage, safe and sound. CRAZY CREEPY!
They did a good job making them look "alive"
Man being held up by posting stand - The purpose of the posing stand was to keep the posers fixed and in position because of the time it took to take the photographs. The subject is placed in front of the camera. If necessary, the pose is held with the assistance of adjustable head rests, clamps and posing stands.
While filming an episode of ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ in a funhouse in Long Beach, someone adjusted a dummy which hung from a noose & accidentally broke it's arm off. While gluing it back on, they saw what looked like a real bone. Turned out to be the mummified remains of Elmer McCurdy, an escaped criminal from the Oklahoma pen who had been killed in a shoot out. His body had been sold to a museum where they charged a quarter to view it.
Memento Mori. Both are deceased.
Dead young woman. Note her hands. The frameworks fastened at the waist and neck with heavy gauge wire to position and hold the arms. The clothes were left unfastened at the back.
Young boy holding deceased infant sister. Salt print, c.1860