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  • 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.

  • martine pech

    memento mori enfance foudroyée

  • MaryLynne Marshall

    ..Victorian Post Mortem Photography

  • Elsie Carelse

    post mortem photo from the victorian era. Deceased boy photographed with what was likely his favorite toy, a hoop and stick.

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this picture is actually a post mortem picture this was most likely taken in the Victorian age, this little girl is actually deceased. There is a pole which holds them up on the back, you can see some of this pole between her feet, the eyes are eyelids with a black dot to make it look like a pupil, and look how the hands were placed around the doll.

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

[Photograph of a young girl on a chair] Author/Creator: Shew, William, 1820-1903. Part of: Carl Mautz collection of cartes-de-visite photographs created by California photographers.

As you can see there is a standing post behind the girl. And she is ALIVE! This is not a postmortem photo. There is no such thing as a standing PM photo. Her eyes are painted in. This is because the exposure time was more then 10 minutes and eyelids move thus become blurry on the photo.

Originally pinned as a post-mortem, in spite of some peculiarities, the seated girl still does not appear to be deceased. It was customary during this era for a person in mourning to turn their face away from the camera, and the doll in her lap has been turned so that its face doesn't show. Would certainly love to know the story behind this photo.

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!

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.

"Sleeping Beauty" Post-mortem photograph. 1870 carte de visite of a young girl, posed as if sleeping.

Post mortem of infant in basket by Ron Coddington, via Flickr

A stunning carbon print carte-de-visite in beautiful condition. The photographer is Géruzet Frères of Brussels. An Inked inscription in French on the back in a fine period hand translates as 'Souvenir of our dear little Marthe, raised to our most lively affection the 23 March 86, Hector and Mathilde'