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Victorian Post-mortem Photos

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Victorian Post-mortem Photos

Victorian Post-mortem Photos

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A dead little girl surrounded by her dolls. Placing a child in a chair as if they had fallen asleep amongst their favorite toys was a common tableau in Victorian Momento Mori.

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  • Helen Cheadle
    Helen Cheadle

    Truly an Angelic little face.

ca. 1855, [post mortem portrait of a gentleman]

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

  • Marti West
    Marti West

    She might very well be, Rachel. She does have the curling fingers...

  • Seeking Ember
    Seeking Ember

    hmmm...hard to say.

  • j s
    j s

    Maybe it's just her driver's license pic...I know I've been confused for dead in mine

  • Seeking Ember
    Seeking Ember

    lol ^

  • William Mallory
    William Mallory

    She's dead. No question. They would set people up in real life situations and take a photo like this. Some people never had photos taken in their lifetime back then and this was the only way for the family to remember them. Fingers curling, expressionless face RIP.

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  • Randee Kioski
    Randee Kioski

    Why are the eyes open?

  • Steven Hair
    Steven Hair

    Sometimes the eyes were drew in with pencil after the photo.

  • Christina Lloyd-Burkitt
    Christina Lloyd-Burkitt

    The Photographer would do all they could to make the departed look alive

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  • Kristin Cole
    Kristin Cole

    At first the living girl looked dead to me. Can you imagine how she must have felt having to pose like that.

  • Rachel Newman
    Rachel Newman

    I think that death was not as stigmatized as it is today. People had wakes in the home and the body wasn't immediately taken away after death and prettied up to look alive for days at a time. I think that people fear death more now than they did then.

  • Amy Herrmann
    Amy Herrmann

    I agree. They saw it all the time, up close and personal.

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  • Katie Allen
    Katie Allen

    there may be, they used stands to help living people stand still for very long times while they had the photo, they were not used for the dead only the living

  • William Mallory
    William Mallory

    That isn't correct Katie. People went to great lengths at times to have the dead seem alive back then. Stands were standard practice.

  • William Mallory
    William Mallory

    This was the only way for the family member, who commissioned the photo, to remember their loved ones. In many cases, as photography was rare.

  • Katie Allen
    Katie Allen not according to the Thanatos Archive who are kind of experts on this

  • William Mallory
    William Mallory

    Lol well I can't be right all of the time I guess. Thanks for bringing me up to speed. Some odd, odd traditions in the past.

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post mortem photography. wow

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  • Lyn Gray
    Lyn Gray

    This is fascinating and I first saw this in the movie The Others but never realised it was practiced so widely. It is kind of sad Cara. Especially the children

  • Leslie Mashmann
    Leslie Mashmann

    the murderer is quoted as say he felt bad because the baby smiled at him before he filled the poor little thing

  • Leslie Mashmann
    Leslie Mashmann

    whoops typo - he killed the poor little thing

  • Lyn Gray
    Lyn Gray

    Oh gosh was this family murdered? I didn't know that.

  • Lyn Gray
    Lyn Gray

    Ok I see the comment now about them being murdered. I never noticed it the first time around

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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'.

  • Kelsey Tole
    Kelsey Tole

    creepy sssshiiittttttt

  • Thalia S
    Thalia S

    She is beautiful and frightening at the same time. I can't stop looking at this.

  • Laura Cordova
    Laura Cordova

    Creepiest one ever. ( pm)


    I love the symbolic veil

Early post mortem, probably no later than 1860, and looks to be privately produced. There are no publisher markings or any sort of description on it which you'd normally find on commercially-staged genre stereoviews.

  • Shannon Wages
    Shannon Wages

    how on earth would you have dog sit still this long?

  • Robin Connell
    Robin Connell

    The dog looks to be stuffed.

  • Samanda Fashona
    Samanda Fashona

    Gosh... Everything is "dead" in this photo... even the dog!


Photo of family gathering... dead child is on the floor

Just heartbreaking

  • Becca Cardoza
    Becca Cardoza

    It is sad

  • Lyn Gray
    Lyn Gray

    It's extremely sad yet I keep looking and thinking about these tragic photos. So many babies and children.

Postmortem girl, Victorian.

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  • Millie Duncan
    Millie Duncan

    This picture breaks my heart...