Notice the painted eyes on the babies. At least one of these infants is deceased. In addition to the information regarding this photo that you can reach by clicking on the image, further information on the photo can be found here: http://blog.familytreemagazine.com/photodetectiveblog/CommentView,guid,2b9864f9-7959-4093-b597-e8d830291bbf.aspx#commentstart.
The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography
The Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography,the infant mortality rate was very high,so as strange as it may seem to us today ,this was a way for families to memorialize their lost love ones.