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Child - post mortem. Dag 1852 Good example of the qualities of a postmortem photo as opposed to a living child.

Millie and Christine McCoy, conjoined twins, 1880

Backplate and Hoguine (Rump Defense), Kolman Helmschmid (German, Augsburg, 1471–1532), c. 1525

Example of a postmortem photo where eyes have been painted onto the girls eyelids so it appears her eyes are open and that she is alert.

Woman being held up by a 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.

Etruscan Cinerary Urn, c. late 4th or early 3rd century BC Alabaster

neighbors in war time England

*Cowboy and his dog...Libby Hall Collection

Female photographer 1880s. Vintage Photos

postmortem, stand behind and unnatural stance