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The Crinoline Shop,1880, by Eugéne Atget. I adore real world Victorian photographs like this. They are relatively few and rare between, and offer such a sublime look into precisely how the world of the past operated. #Victorian #photography #crinoline #costume #street #1800s #women #clothing #fashion #shop
A mother and her five sons gather around a photograph of their late husband and father. Reeder Studios, Clay Centre, Kansas
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.
In 1881, Laura Ingalls had her portrait taken with sisters Carrie and Mary -- perhaps just before Mary went away to the School for the Blind. It was the first photograph they sat for. Ma and Pa saw it as a treasure and a remembrance, the three girls together.
Her picture taken after death, look closely you can see the stand holds her up. When a loved one died the Victorians were presented with an opportunity to imortalise their beloved in a way that was previously impossible: they could photograph them. Because of the high cost of photography, post-mortem photographs were, in many cases, the only photograph a family had of the deceased.