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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.✯

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    • Natasha Snodgrass
      Natasha Snodgrass

      I NEVER said they did. Not once.

    • Natasha Snodgrass
      Natasha Snodgrass

      What I said was, "post-mortem photos are fact". That daguerreotype replaced painted photos, making them much more affordable but NOT something that they did every day the way we take advantage of cellphone images. THAT is what I said. Enough, I am done with this conversation and being insulted. Thank you, have a blessed day.

    • Lorraine McLoone Randazzo
      Lorraine McLoone Randazzo

      What's going on in here?? All the fighting!!

    • Robbie Osment
      Robbie Osment

      I remember my dad sitting up with some deceased at funeral home. A couple of guys had to sit up every time until they were buried!

    • Ann Kowlsen
      Ann Kowlsen

      Yes they do pose them standing. I just saw a pic of this being done..with another pic of what they used to make them stand

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    Post Mortem Photography

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    • 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.

    • 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

      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".

    • Laura Phillips
      Laura Phillips

      Yes this woman is alive and its a modern photo.

    • cindy stewart
      cindy stewart

      the hands look blue.

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    Double suicide. ca. 1890,

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    • 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...

    • cindy stewart
      cindy stewart

      you are correct!

    Antique Italian Italy Post Mortem Photo of Young Boy

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    • Susie Morris
      Susie Morris

      It won't take much effort to just google it...read more than one site.

    • Johanna
      Johanna

      You need to calm down a bit.

    • Heather Fridge
      Heather Fridge

      Susie was there. She's an old, old, old, old woman. She knows everything because she was able to be everywhere at once, during Victorian times.

    • Susie Morris
      Susie Morris

      Well that settles if then! Yep, I was there during that time. That should be enough proof, but most of you are sill to lazy to research it yourselves. Heather, thank you for proving my side.

    • Johanna
      Johanna

      Lol 😊

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    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.

    The soul is bone

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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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    • Emily Davis
      Emily Davis

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

    • Susie Morris
      Susie Morris

      Not dead.

    • Matt Demers
      Matt Demers

      Not dead, dumb ass

    • Susie Morris
      Susie Morris

      Very much alive.

    • Bodice Ripper Novels
      Bodice Ripper Novels

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

    sisters being held up by stands

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    • Caitlin Cake
      Caitlin Cake

      susie, rigor is only temporary, sets in within hours then the body becomes flaccid. You must be one of those Google doctors. Gets half the info and runs with it. I would do YOUR RESEARCH

    • Jonni Dunningham
      Jonni Dunningham

      It's all very fascinating- whether it be fact or fake... There are also some extremely rude people on here who need to read the lady's disclaimer and behave with a little more decorum and class when expressing their own thoughts!

    • Jonni Dunningham
      Jonni Dunningham

      Wow! Lol !

    • Ann Kowlsen
      Ann Kowlsen

      Only one dumb××× on this thread..wow.

    • Crystal Woudenberg Bernard
      Crystal Woudenberg Bernard

      Very fascinating, a bit of strange history, thank you for the board!

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    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.

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    • 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.

    • Matt Demers
      Matt Demers

      Beth, you're a moron.

    • Karen Morgan
      Karen Morgan

      They are both alive.

    • Susie Morris
      Susie Morris

      Again.....MOST of Beth' photos are of living peple.

    • Ann Kowlsen
      Ann Kowlsen

      I'm with you Beth. Baby is deceased

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    Both are deceased.

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    • Susie Morris
      Susie Morris

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

    • Elizabeth Kelly
      Elizabeth Kelly

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

    • 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.

    • Karen Morgan
      Karen Morgan

      The man is 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"

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    • Lisa Joel
      Lisa Joel

      ...Because he is alive in this shot.

    • Susie Morris
      Susie Morris

      Yep

    • Karen Morgan
      Karen Morgan

      Yes, He is alive.

    • Matt Demers
      Matt Demers

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

    • Susie Morris
      Susie Morris

      MOST of Beth's photo are of LIVING people.

    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.

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    • 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.

    • Susie Morris
      Susie Morris

      The man is very much alive and well.

    • Karen Morgan
      Karen Morgan

      He is alive.

    • Susan Snyder
      Susan Snyder

      Not anymore(jk)

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

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    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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    This VERY rare

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    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.

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    The Other Sister

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    • John McChicken
      John McChicken

      Beth, you are the worst kind of pintrest user. You're single-handedly lowering the standards of what qualifies as a shit-post. You aren't even aware of what an ass you're making of yourself. The thought of having a conversation with you makes me shudder. Look at your profile pic, that self satisfied, moronic grin tells me all I need to know. You literally look like this: ◕ ͜ ʖ ͡ ͡◕. Please stop posting horrible content as you are making the internet less intelligent with everything you submit.

    • Christine Henker
      Christine Henker

      John, just don't look at her stuff if you don't like it! It's her page, she can post what she wants!

    • John McChicken
      John McChicken

      Christine, it's important that white knights like you stop defending these crimes against humanity. Breaking the cycle of artificial compliments which lead to misplaced self worth is the first step to getting people like Beth on the road to recovery and/or internet cancellation. I just want the internet to be a better place for all people, free from ridiculous shoops and shit posts. NAMASTE

    • Christine Henker
      Christine Henker

      No nasty back at you John ;-)

    • Beth Hamilton
      Beth Hamilton

      LOL-read the description of the board, John! You embody that explanation. There won't be another response from me, despite any additional personal attacks from you so feel free to continue your mission from behind your computer monitor in the land of the "Internet." The land of the free and the home of the cowardly, where you can feel free to bully without having to actually face someone. Continue with the harassment and it will be reported to Pinterest. Thanks for your input!

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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.

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    • 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.

    • CiCi Gittens
      CiCi Gittens

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

    • 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.

    • cindy stewart
      cindy stewart

      maybe alive but a deformity in wrist?

    • Karen Morgan
      Karen Morgan

      She is alive.

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    Post Mortem Photo of daughter

    Memento Mori ~Victorian Era Postmortem Photography

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

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    Post Mortem Photography

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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'.

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    Photograph of woman and child - 1865

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    • Beverly Wilgus
      Beverly Wilgus

      This is a photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron of her favorite model and her grandson. No one here is dead!

    Victorian post mortem photo

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