An authentic postcard showing two sisters laid out in matching coffins. An inked inscription verso in a fine period hand identifies the girls as Claudia Severine Groth / Born Sept. 30, 1908 / Died Feb. 20, 1911 and Millie Cecelia / Born Dec. 25, 1910 / Died Feb. 21, 1911

An authentic postcard showing two sisters laid out in matching coffins. An inked inscription verso in a fine period hand identifies the girls as Claudia Severine Groth / Born Sept. 30, 1908 / Died Feb. 20, 1911 and Millie Cecelia / Born Dec. 25, 1910 / Died Feb. 21, 1911

Beginning in the mid-1800s, post-mortem photography (or memento mori) was a popular way to honor and remember the dead. Most were taken shortly after death, and could look incredibly life-like. Photographs were expensive, so often the post-mortem picture was the only one ever taken of an individual. Families evidently thought it better to have the remembrance than to lose ithe opportunity.

Beginning in the mid-1800s, post-mortem photography (or memento mori) was a popular way to honor and remember the dead. Most were taken shortly after death, and could look incredibly life-like. Photographs were expensive, so often the post-mortem picture was the only one ever taken of an individual. Families evidently thought it better to have the remembrance than to lose ithe opportunity.

Sarcee Mom and Child, c.1900. Need to use this along with pic of mom and kids Dust Bowl image. Great lesson idea somewhere in there.

Sarcee Mom and Child, c.1900. Need to use this along with pic of mom and kids Dust Bowl image. Great lesson idea somewhere in there.

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Creepy Photos and the Unbelievable Truth Behind Them

Memento Mori Photography | Memento Mori: Victorian Death Photos / Google Image Result for http ...

Memento Mori Photography | Memento Mori: Victorian Death Photos / Google Image Result for http ...

Looks like a soldier who didn't return alive. Can't see the stand, but his eyes are painted on. He shows no response to his daughter's holding his hand, either.

Looks like a soldier who didn't return alive. Can't see the stand, but his eyes are painted on. He shows no response to his daughter's holding his hand, either.

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