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  • Karen Nadherny

    18 Creepy Post-Mortem Photos From The Victorian Era -

  • Chriss Cornish

    Victorian post mortem photograph of a little boy. His corpse has been posed as if sleeping after a hard day of playing. Note the hoop and stick toys. Photography was still new and relatively expensive. For many, an after death photo was the first and only time they'd been photographed.

  • Jen Gartland

    Victorian Post Mortem Photography Whaaaaaa?

  • María José Muñoz

    memento mori. Esto era relativamente común, y lo hacían a veces tomando poses rutinarias, en las que el muerto parecía vivo. La mortalidad infantil era altísima en esas épocas, de ahí que muchas de las fotos existentes son de niños. El niño de la imagen es de una gran belleza y parece dormir

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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.

Standing post mortems are an urban legend. Stands were used to steady people for long exposure times used in photography at that time. It's impossible to prop up a dead person in this fashion! The stand couldn't hold up that much 'dead weight', the mouth would hang open, and the head and limbs would flop down. Could a person even hold up a dead child and have her look natural? No, and a stand can't do it either!

Her intense gaze and the beautiful doll both help make this Victorian portrait an especially memorable one. 1800s

Post Mortem Photography: sometimes they let the eyes open to let the deceased look alive. You can easily see there is no life in those eyes. Via Flickr.

This was said to be a postmortem. However, a base was used to steady a living person, not to prop up a dead person. Source: Wikipedia.

Victorian Mourning Photography | ... mourning ear trumpets – all were commonplace. Photography too held

Sisters... and a reminder to me to go stalk Karen W's pinboard for some gorgeous finds! :)

Victorian Post Mortem So Sad. So beautiful. So haunting. A lasting memory for the family.

I love post mortem photography, the last sweet image of of a life.

Bless him – dressed in his velveteen suit and propped up (somewhat awkwardly) on his highchair.