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A Michigan couple in mourning, albumen carte de visite, circa 1885. #Victorian #portrait #1800s #couple

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Weird. Woman with her dead child-with her eyes painted on. This was actually a common occurance.

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Weird. Woman with her dead child-with her eyes painted on. This was actually a common occurance.

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Julia Buccola Petta in 1927, exhumed after 6 years in the grave 6 years in the grave is actually on the stone. Her mother had these dreams where her daughter asked to be dug up... and it took years to get the Archdioscese to agree to it.

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Grave dolls were sometimes made and left at the grave of a deceased infant. It was made of wax, and had locks of hair from the deceased child. It sounds morbid by today's standards, but it was not too uncommon in the 19th century.

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19th Century Art of Mourning

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Professional mourners: From about 1600 to 1914, funeral mutes were professional mourners. Symbolic protectors of the deceased, the mute would usually stand near the door of the home or church.

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Retronaut - 1800s: Professional Mourners

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I think this one is beautiful for the time period it captures and the tremendous clarity of the photo for the time. My guess is the family could afford one of the better photographers of the day, judging from the clothing of the mother and babe. Very touching.

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