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Victorian/Vintage Death Photos - So Fascinating

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Victorian/Vintage Death Photos - So Fascinating

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✯ 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.✯

  • Natasha Snodgrass
    Natasha Snodgrass

    They took these kinds of photo because they were so expensive! They only image they had of their loved one came after death. We have cameras on our phones, so we don't understand this but it was the only time they splurge for the cost.

  • J.N. Seulijn
    J.N. Seulijn

    Please help to stop this crazy post mortem myth. These girls were very much alive when the photograph was taken. What people see all depends on the long exposure time in those days. They discover a hidden stand or they see the sitter leaning against something. Or people see staring eyes, or they see retouched eyes because sitters moved them. Besides all this, it’s really impossible to keep a corpse upright dainty, even with a stand. Has Seulijn, collector of nineteenth century photography.

  • Julie Wickham
    Julie Wickham

    exactly!

  • Heather Fridge
    Heather Fridge

    They had special stands to hold up dead people in standing positions. You can find pictures of the stands and photographers taking pictures of the photographer and the dead person with the stand fully visible. You can look at the feet of the dead subject and find the stand. The girl on the right: her arm is propped on the other girl's arm and her hands are stiff and very dark.

  • Julie Wickham
    Julie Wickham

    Exactly Anne! I'm finding that hard to understand too!

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Post Mortem Photography

  • cindy stewart
    cindy stewart

    the hands look blue.

  • Laura Phillips
    Laura Phillips

    Yes this woman is alive and its a modern photo.

  • Susie Morris
    Susie Morris

    That's a myth....not even one documented case of anyone using the stands to prop up the dead...it was used to steady the living. Scam artist started this rumor so they could sell more LIVING photos and call them post mortem...the people in these fake post mortems would have been very shocked to know they were dead...dont believe it and after 40 years, I cant find even one documented case of any "standing dead".

  • gail lichtsinn
    gail lichtsinn

    The fact is a few hours after death the body stiffens..Sometimes the bodies were posed on stands and as they stiffened they didnt need much support except tto keep from falling forward or backwards..A few more hours and the body goes limp again as decomp begins..A good clue is the color of the hands and feet

  • Susie Morris
    Susie Morris

    Yep, I would agree, but any and all photos of people standing are NOT post mortem. That's a fact. The stands were used to help steady the live person. Helped them stay still cause the photo took longer to take. You can google it. I know a woman who has studied this for over 40 years. If they're standing, they're NOT dead.

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Double suicide. ca. 1890,

  • cindy stewart
    cindy stewart

    you are correct!

  • Christine Abanilla
    Christine Abanilla

    I believe these are actors posing for a pic. The rope is not tight at all around their necks, their heads are fully erect, the faces and hands aren't purple, and they are standing on the ground. How do these men possibly look dead to you? And how convenient that they would "kill themselves" in a portrait studio...really...

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  • Susie Morris
    Susie Morris

    I googled it....the stands were used to steady the living. Not one documented case of a standing post mortem. People had to be very still for longer to get the photo right. Everytime you see a post mortem that is standing, you can bet they were very much alive when photo was taken.

  • Heather Fridge
    Heather Fridge

    You can find lots of Victorian death photos where the subjects are dead, propped up by alaborate stands and their eyes fully open. Look behind the standers for the stands. They are often visible. As usual, it's tough for the living to accept the reality of death, even if it took place 100 years ago and was recorded in a photograph. Do some searching and you can find photos and diagrams of the elaborate death stands.

  • Susie Morris
    Susie Morris

    Agree, this one IS actually a post mortem. Notice they are NOT standing.

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.

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gorgeous tintype,,,postmortem

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ca. 1865 - Unidentified deceased girl in wheelchair with cloaked attendant.

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    I wonder why the attendant's in the photo at all. -Terri

  • Susie Morris
    Susie Morris

    Very much alive.

  • Matt Demers
    Matt Demers

    Not dead, dumb ass

  • Susie Morris
    Susie Morris

    Not dead.

  • Emily Davis
    Emily Davis

    She's not dead, but her attendent is cloaked. :)

sisters being held up by stands

  • cindy stewart
    cindy stewart

    true.

  • Susie Morris
    Susie Morris

    Stands were not used to hold up dead people, but to steady the living. The parents of these girls would have been VERY suprised to know they were dead in this photo. Please google the facts about these stands. Several ebay sellers hav been banned for stating this lie. I'm sure you did'nt intentional lie but your info is wrong.

Twin Brothers

  • Susie Morris
    Susie Morris

    Yes, they are dead and NOT standing.

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.

  • Matt Demers
    Matt Demers

    Beth, you're a moron.

  • Susie Morris
    Susie Morris

    If you see any STANDING post mortem photos, you can bet your life that they are alive. The stands that you sometimes see were used to steady the living NOT to pose the dead. E-bay has banned people who lie about this when they sell photos. They can get more money for a photo if it's a post mortem, but if they are standing, they are breathing. Sometimes you will see a sitting post mortem, but even they are at leadt 98% living....but there will always be some gullible person out there.

  • cindy stewart
    cindy stewart

    hope baby lived a long ,happy life.how did you get into research on this?intresting!some are so sad.others the kids so ill.

  • Susie Morris
    Susie Morris

    Alive and healthy....the parents of this baby would have been shocked to know any normal person would think their child is dead...happy, healthy, very much alive baby.

  • cindy stewart
    cindy stewart

    baby looks dead.

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Both are deceased.

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  • Susie Morris
    Susie Morris

    I'm not sure about the clothes but Papa was very much ALIVE when this was taken..some people are just too gullible.

  • Elizabeth Kelly
    Elizabeth Kelly

    This is not a Victorian or even a vintage photo. Look at the man's clothes.

  • Susie Morris
    Susie Morris

    The boy may be dead or sleeping but papa is very much alive.

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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They did a good job making them look "alive"

  • Susie Morris
    Susie Morris

    MOST of Beth's photo are of LIVING people.

  • Matt Demers
    Matt Demers

    Lol, if you think this is a corpse, you must be retarded

  • Karen Morgan
    Karen Morgan

    Yes, He is alive.

  • Susie Morris
    Susie Morris

    Yep

  • Lisa Joel
    Lisa Joel

    ...Because he is alive in this shot.

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.

  • Karen Morgan
    Karen Morgan

    He is alive.

  • Susie Morris
    Susie Morris

    The man is very much alive and well.

  • Lisa Joel
    Lisa Joel

    Posing stands were designed to help live people keep still. The vast majority of people you see on these postmortem boards standing upright with or without the aid of a stand were very much alive for the picture. Dead people were laying or propped into a sitting position.

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

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  • Beverly Wilgus
    Beverly Wilgus

    Erin you are perceptive and you are correct. If there is a posing stand visible in the photograph then it means that the person is not dead. The posing stand has only open rests to keep people steady. It did not, since it could not, hold up a dead person.

  • Erin Highbaugh
    Erin Highbaugh

    Thank you Beverly Wilgus for clarifying this myth. As a health care professional, I have cared for persons in the hospital who have passed away many times. It is visually very obvious when a person has passed away, and I have always wondered how photographers so long ago could make a cadaver look so lifelike, and suspected that this was in fact a myth.

  • Carlos Uzcategui
    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.

  • Beverly Wilgus
    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.

  • Michele De-vor
    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 untrue.how else would they stand up? Look how dead people are dressed and standing up in America ,it's a new fashion now.

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This VERY rare

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

  • Matt Demers
    Matt Demers

    Another fake. You're on a role.

  • cindy stewart
    cindy stewart

    terrible.they should not have in honor of deceased.

  • Christine Henker
    Christine Henker

    Thank God! I couldn't imagine why the would take a pic like that!

  • Bonnie Conway
    Bonnie Conway

    This is photoshopped. The original is of a very pretty young girl. Looks like maybe mother and daughter. http://fyeahqueervintage.tu...

  • Michele De-vor
    Michele De-vor

    Wow looks like it was very last minute when they decided on a picture together must of dug her up for this

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Memento Mori. Both are deceased.

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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.

  • cindy stewart
    cindy stewart

    maybe alive but a deformity in wrist?

  • Darlanne
    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.

  • CiCi Gittens
    CiCi Gittens

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

  • Darlanne
    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.

  • Marti West
    Marti West

    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!

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Post Mortem Photo of daughter

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Post mortem or not post mortem, that is the question…

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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'.

Young boy holding deceased infant sister. Salt print, c.1860