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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

    • Kathy Scriver

      Victorian Post Mortem Photography

    • Alexa McCabe

      Postmortem Victorian photo - taken as the only keepsake of a deceased child creepy now but back then the only reminder of a loved one. Sweet little guy looks asleep with his favorite toys :-(

    • Dove Turner

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

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    Another pinner said:This is the creepiest one and what is on her lips?? Yikes... 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.

    Victorian Post-Mortem photography. During the Victorian era people had a sense of sentimentality, even bordering on being morbid. Often pictures were made of loved ones after they had passed.

    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.

    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.

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

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

    Modern interpretation of the Victorian death photos known as Memento Mori

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