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I just came across the most interesting family story of momento mori. The above photo on the left is the bloggers maternal great-grandfather, George. George had a twin sister that died in infancy. No photo was taken of her. To remedy that, they dressed George as a girl (which he looks pretty unhappy about) so they could ostensibly have a photo of the deceased daughter too. (I put the photos together myself so I wasn't able to pin from her blog, but I will attach it below. Posts Mortem Photos, Death Photo, Photos Victoriennes
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A picture of a boy named George, forced into a frilly dress. The basket he's holding contains bay leaves, which in the Victorian language of flowers means "I change but in death". His twin sister died and his parents wanted a keepsake of her so this was the nearest they could get. I imagine they found comfort in it, but it seems quite strange to me.
Jeanette "Jennie" Jerome (1854-1921) was one of three pretty daughters of financier Leonard Jerome and his wife Clara. She married Lord Randolph Churchill, second son of the Duke of Marlborough. She had two children, Winston Churchill, the future prime minister, and John. She had many affairs during her marriage, including with King Edward VII. After her husband died, she married a man as young as her sons, which was very shocking for the time. She subsequently married an even younger man.