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1860s Memorial or Mourning photograph.

ca. 1900, [Post-mortem portrait of a child with her dolls

Victorian Post Mortem Photography

  • Melissa Ann Timmons

    Pre mortem. This child was more likely ill. They regularly took photos of loved ones who were sick before they passed.

Mother holding her dead daughter. You can see the father on the left.

A 'hidden mother' photograph. In the Victorian Era, women holding infants were often covered because the photograph is meant to be cropped and framed to show only the infant. The original photograph is creepy.