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Random pics I've collected over the years. Sources unknown in most cases.

Random pics I've collected over the years. Sources unknown in most cases.

ca. 1870-79, [tintype portrait of a pantomimist] via the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographs Collection

During a search for Victorian examples of post-mortem photography, I came across these mysterious and extremely odd vintage portraits of families in which the mother is disguised as a chair. In some cases there seems to be a real attempt to make the figure of the mother appear like an actual chair; in other cases,like this one it looks like they simply want to conceal the mother's identity. Maybe it's to keep a live child still enough to take a clear photo or to keep a deceased one in position.

???? Creepy!! That ghostly hand and the girl's expression...

portrait of a young woman, c. 1856-1900. Possibly an after-death portrait? Photography was a new thing with the Victorian era. So taking photos of the dead, as a memento of them, became quite a thing. And the more times I look at this, the more I think that neutral, confidant air and posture is the result of the girl being a corpse.