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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!
"Sleeping Beauty" Post-mortem photograph. 1870 carte de visite of a young girl, posed as if sleeping.
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'
in June, 2011, "Kansas City police say a 5-year-old girl drowned an 18-month old toddler last Friday to stop his crying….The girl and the toddler, Jermane Johnson Jr., were both left in the care of a mentally handicapped teenager, who was sleeping at the time of the incident…"