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  • Lori Malinski

    I'm not convinced all of these are post mortem - often people used props to hold still for the long exposure times, especially children - and I do see the adult in the back but again, could be just extra help to hold a squirmy child?

  • Carol Eaton Walsh

    I completely agree with you, Lori. Some post mortem photos are very obvious. But, many with stands are mislabeled. The whole idea is very bizarre, but the Victorians were a little bizarre.

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Memento mori

Memento Mori Photographs | Memento Mori: Victorian Death Photos / ca 1890

Memento mori photograph of conjoined twins.

Memento Mori Photographs | Memento Mori: The Birth and Resurrection of Postmortem Photography ...

memento mori / hidden mother /// Memento mori pictures were so common at that time because they were often the only picture taken of that person. Since the person never had a picture taken during his/her life, it was the only way to keep an image of that person. That is why there are so many memento mori pictures of children."