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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.✯

  • Jim Lennertz

    Shan, please accept my apology for any offense my ignorance may have caused you specific to the my confusion on the gender of your name. I assure you that I will never make this error again in the future with respect to your name and will use more caution in the future with regard to unfamiliar names and determination of gender in the future. I hope that you can accept my apology and if my apology was required, would you extend me the courtesy of getting word of your acceptance. Sincerely, Jim

  • Nancy Chandler

    Beth Hamilton I have no time to read all the retoric above. As someone new to your subject on this age, I wanted you to know that I think this all so fascinating and interesting. I am learning alot about the art of Victorian and early photography.

  • Nancy Chandler

    Alive or deade in this phot, we have to agree she is in reality dead now so move on.

  • Beth Hamilton

    Believe it or not Nancy, all of the above transpired into a meeting and understanding between groups that have long had issues and disagreements between them (neither of which I had any knowledge of). You should check out Post Mortem Free Advocate on FB and Antiquephoto Boatswain pages on FB. Good people, no BS and interesting pics! I know very little about PM's but they are fascinating

  • Beth Hamilton

    Also check out The Thantos Archive.....

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Antique Italian Italy Post Mortem Photo of Young Boy

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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.

Twin Brothers

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!

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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.

Civil War era twins dressed alike.. It looks like they are being held up by stands behind them.

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  • Beth Hamilton

    Beverly, I didn't upload this myself. I repinned it from an account and board containing all post mortem photos so if it is incorrect, please contact the original poster/pinner with your comments. I'm sure posing stands were used to keep live people/children still but they were ALSO used to hold and pose deceased people for photography sessions. This is widely documented.

  • Beverly Wilgus

    Beth, as a student of photo history I would be pleased to know of any documentation of posting stands used to hold up dead people that you can give me. In 40 years of reading original 19th century photographic manuals, books on photographic practice, and lectures by experts I have never found one documented mention of this practice. The only place I have read it is on blogs and Pinterest boards. If you do have any documented sources please publish them or pass them along.

  • Michele De-vor

    I see posing stands a lot with dead people on them.just now I'm looking over pictures.just because you have never seen nor heard does jot make it impossible or else would they stand up? Look how dead people are dressed and standing up in America ,it's a new fashion now.

  • Beverly Wilgus

    Michaele, I have collected post mortem photographs for many years and have studied and taught the history of photography at the college level. I have never seen a documented dead person held up by a posing stand who did not look very dead. Posing stnds were not and could not be used to hold up dead people. The very concept is recent and started when dishonest eBay sellers began to market every photograph with a posting stand as a post mortem.

  • Carlos Uzcategui

    "Brady stand" of the mid-19th century typically had a weighty cast iron base for stability, plus an adjustable-height single-column pipe leg for dual use as either a portrait model's armrest or (when fully extended and fitted with a brace attachment rather than the usual tabletop) as a neck rest. The latter was often needed to keep models steady during the longer exposure times of early photography.

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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.

The Other Sister

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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.

  • Christine Henker

    My point was that rigor mortis would make it impossible to pose a dead person. She doesn't look dead to me!

  • Marti West Chavez

    That's because she isn't, Christine. Even after rigor, it would be impossible because her body would be limp. I'm sorry I missed your point, you are spot on!

  • Darlanne

    I agree, she's alive, but it does look like someone tried to paint the eye area. The pupils look extra dark to me.

  • CiCi Gittens

    What sbout her hands is it me or are they discolored?

  • Darlanne

    Yes, they do, but as a pro retoucher, every once in a while I receive retouch jobs with very obvious discoloration of certain areas of their body, and my subjects are very much alive. I have especially noticed this in older grainy photos. But, more importantly than the discoloration of the hands ... notice how naturally looking they are grasping the beads, how how her elbow is bending without effort.

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A particularly beautiful young girl laid out in the parlor, circa 1910. It was not uncommon to dress dead young girls in what looked like a wedding veil and dress to symbolize their purity as they go to 'meet God'.