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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.

    • Dove Turner

      Victorian post mortem photo. Sometimes these were the only photos grieving parents would ever have of their beloved child.

    • Magdalena76th Pins

      Victorian post mortem photo, another way the Victorians held on to their deceased loved ones...

    • Laura Osburne

      Aww...they posed him with his toy hoop. How sad...Victorian Post Mortem Photography

    • Scott Poling

      Taking Photos with the recently deceased...Victorian Post Mortem Photography

    • Lindsay Michelle

      Fascinating. Victorian postmortem pictures.

    • Cathy Graves

      Victorian Post Mortem Photography

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    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.

    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.

    Child at the bedside of his deceased mother


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    Time travel will be invented in the year 2025. How do we know? Because that is the year that this delightful lady claimed to have traveled from. In the year 1898, according the contemporary reports, Alexandria Alexis appeared 'as if from nowhere' and took New York society by storm. Some fawned over her while others claimed she was insane. This debate was however rendered moot when, on New Year's Eve 1899, she simply disappeared...

    Victorian mourning tradition was the post mortem photo. These are regarded by most people today to be morbid, yet they were quite common cherished sentimental pieces to the Victorians. This was especially true if an infant or child died. Often the post mortem photo was all that the family had to remember the child, so it was a precious keepsake. These photos helped keep the memory of the lost loved one alive. It was a symbol of comfort to the Victorians.

    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.

    Victorian Post Mortem Photography

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    How can this mother look so serene while holding her deceased child? Shock, maybe.

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    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.

    Dead child with siblings in attendance. Note the slight blur on the standing children owing to the long exposure (English)

    memento mori ~ both children are deceased

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

    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 position.

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    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