Her picture taken after death, look closely you can see the stand holds her up.

Her picture taken after death, look closely you can see the stand holds her up.

This is a rare death photograph of the outlaw Jesse James. It was taken shortly after he was gunned down by Bob Ford in his own home on April 3, 1882.

This is a rare death photograph of the outlaw Jesse James. It was taken shortly after he was gunned down by Bob Ford in his own home on April 3, 1882.

Before their burial, the deceased would be photographed in their best clothes and 'posing' (propped up) with their living relatives. In some instances, eyes were painted onto the closed eyelids of the deceased to make them appear alive. In Victorian times when photographs were rare, this might be the only photo the family had of their dearly departed.

Before their burial, the deceased would be photographed in their best clothes and 'posing' (propped up) with their living relatives. In some instances, eyes were painted onto the closed eyelids of the deceased to make them appear alive. In Victorian times when photographs were rare, this might be the only photo the family had of their dearly departed.

If you look closely you can see the wire holding up her arm. She is actually dead.

If you look closely you can see the wire holding up her arm. She is actually dead.

The Scottish Legend Of Mass Murderer Alexander "Sawney" Bean And His Cannibal Clan

The Scottish Legend Of Mass Murderer Alexander "Sawney" Bean And His Cannibal Clan

Cannibalism during the Russian Famine 1921 Thought to be a possible contributing factor in the behavior of Chikatilo. Such a disturbing photo, and yet a significant piece of history.

Serial killer Theodore "Ted" Bundy confessed to 28 killings, but estimates indicate that he killed as many as 33 to 100 female victims during the 1970's. While under arrest Bundy managed to escape twice, one time living for months on the run in Tallahassee. Bundy, a law student at one time, served as his own attorney, but his smooth talking was not able to escape a sentence of death. He was executed January 24, 1989.

Serial killer Theodore "Ted" Bundy confessed to 28 killings, but estimates indicate that he killed as many as 33 to 100 female victims during the 1970's. While under arrest Bundy managed to escape twice, one time living for months on the run in Tallahassee. Bundy, a law student at one time, served as his own attorney, but his smooth talking was not able to escape a sentence of death. He was executed January 24, 1989.

This is the first time I've seen someone posed this way. Sad he died so young. -  james dean morgue photos | James Dean Autopsy http://www.network54.com/Forum/442527/message ...

This is the first time I've seen someone posed this way. Sad he died so young. - james dean morgue photos | James Dean Autopsy http://www.network54.com/Forum/442527/message ...

17 Haunting Post-Mortem Photographs From The 1800s

17 Haunting Post-Mortem Photographs From The 1800s

tuesday-johnson:    ca. 1864, [post mortem portrait of two children], Squyer Studio  via Looking at Death, Barbara Norfleet

tuesday-johnson: ca. 1864, [post mortem portrait of two children], Squyer Studio via Looking at Death, Barbara Norfleet


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Post mortem photography began essentially with the invention of the camera and ended around 1940.  Often these photos would be the only photo of the person.

Post mortem photography began essentially with the invention of the camera and ended around 1940. Often these photos would be the only photo of the person.

Memento Mori inspired photo

Memento Mori inspired photo

Victorian Post Mortem Photography

Victorian Post Mortem Photography

17 Haunting Post-Mortem Photographs From The . so creepy, yet fascinating!

Yes, she’s dead, too. According to the photograph notes, this older child is dressed in a white gown and wedding veil, with a rosary and cross, to symbolize her being a pure “bride of Christ”. Back...

Yes, she’s dead, too. According to the photograph notes, this older child is dressed in a white gown and wedding veil, with a rosary and cross, to symbolize her being a pure “bride of Christ”. Back...

memento mori

memento mori

Dead, but set out to look alive

Dead, but set out to look alive

In the old days they use to take pictures of their loved ones, after they passed on……  Dead People for the memory. They’re all dead. Amazingly, they look alive.

In the old days they use to take pictures of their loved ones, after they passed on…… Dead People for the memory. They’re all dead. Amazingly, they look alive.

Both mother and child are deceased

Victorian Post-Mortem Photography

Both mother and child are deceased

Vintage Butterfly Costume

Vintage Butterfly Costume

POSSIBLE post mortem photo of the twin on the right.  Stands were sometimes used to make the deceased seem alive.  The R. Twins skin is discolored, the eyes are lifeless, arm hangs at his side and theres an unnatural leaning to his stance, whereas his brother has turned his head and is glancing up at him with trepidation. Live Siblings and surviving twins were often posed with their deceased siblings for post mortem photos victorian-post-mortem-photography beauty

POSSIBLE post mortem photo of the twin on the right. Stands were sometimes used to make the deceased seem alive. The R. Twins skin is discolored, the eyes are lifeless, arm hangs at his side and theres an unnatural leaning to his stance, whereas his brother has turned his head and is glancing up at him with trepidation. Live Siblings and surviving twins were often posed with their deceased siblings for post mortem photos victorian-post-mortem-photography beauty

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