Victorian Post Mortem Photography

memento mori ~ both children are deceased

The Dead Bride. It's been supposed she's dead, looking at her hands, eyes and the dead flowers in her hands.

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 positi...

Victorian Post Mortem

People look at this Post-mortem photography from the Victorian period and see this little girl creeped out. I see the love a family had for this little boy and how they wanted to remember him - alive and next to his sister. This wasn't something "creepy." It is a way of mourning the dead that has gone out of fashion because we have the ability now to take photos whenever we want. Pictures then took a long time to make--the little girl was probably just fidgety.

Although I found this strange post mortem photograph on Tumblr, the faint watermark tells me that it is actually from the fabulous Thanatos Archives. I’ve seen several post mortem photos of siblings in coffins, but I think this is the first time I’ve found one that shows an entire family.

Grave dolls were common items in the 19the century. They were made of wax, and often embellished with locks of hair from the deceased child. Such items can be found today for families looking for memorial items for both home & graveside in honor of their deceased child. Items today are more likely to be made of ceramic or polymer than wax; in fact, polymer sculptures can be commissioned with doll artists, often at a very reasonable cost.

Mourning Photos, Mortum Momento, Early 1900 S, Post Mortem, Man Photo, 1900 S Post, Moment Mori

Postmortem photograph of entire family.

Buzzfeed: 17 Haunting Post-Mortem Photographs From The 1800s .. so creepy, yet fascinating!

In the nineteenth century, a photographic  custom spread to various parts of the world: the photos were called  ”Post Mortem”. ”Post Mortem” comes from Latin, meaning ”Post Mortem”, or after death.In this photo, the woman standing is the one who is dead.

A young dancer's postmortem photograph. The lady is dead, and is posed using a metal rod alongside her spine, and her hand is actually strapped to the screen behind her using wire, making it appear as if she is posing by herself.

triplets pretty sure it's memento mori, look at the eyes, sad

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

Memento Mori. Both are deceased.

memento mori, Victorian era..

Madeline inherited from her husband the income from a five million dollar trust fund and the use of his home on Fifth Ave, and in the Newport so long as she did not marry. In August 1912 she gave birth to a son with whom she was pregnant on the Titanic and she named him after her husband, John Jacob Astor