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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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Victorian Post Mortem. Beautiful and unsettling at the same time.

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.

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

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.

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.

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'

17 Haunting Post-Mortem Photographs From The 1800s -- WHICH ONE IS FREAKIN' DEAD!?

Photos became more affordable to the lower and middle class with the invention of the daguerrotpye in 1839. During the Victorian Era, the infant and child mortality rate was high. Often, death photos were the only picture a family may ever have of their child. This practice is considered taboo in America, but is still an accepted practice in many parts of the World.

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

A photo like this is somewhere in the Anderson Funeral Home archives