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Her picture taken after death, look closely you can see the stand holds her up. When a loved one died the Victorians were presented with an opportunity to imortalise their beloved in a way that was previously impossible: they could photograph them. Because of the high cost of photography, post-mortem photographs were, in many cases, the only photograph a family had of the deceased.

Photograph of Mamie Eisenhower at the age of 17 by The U.S. National Archives, via Flickr

Vietnam veteran watching the Chattanooga Armed Forces Day parade in 1976. This photograph won a Pulitzer Prize.

AINU GRANDPARENTS AND THEIR GRAND-DAUGHTER. From a ca.1920 collotype photograph published in Japan. Photographer unknown.

London Gypsies photographed by John Thomson in 1877 as part of a series entitled 'Street Life in London.' This photograph shows a friendly group gathered around a caravan belonging to one William Hampton. The woman seated on the steps, Mary Pradd, was murdered a few weeks after the photograph was taken.

Satchel Paige in his rocking chair, ca. 1952 St. Louis Browns pitcher Leroy "Satchel" Paige relaxing in his bullpen rocking chair during a game. Photograph, ca. 1952. Missouri History Museum Photographs and Prints. Sports. N22475.

U.S. Army officer in Vietnam using a cigarette to burn leeches off his forearms (photograph by Larry Burrows).

Samuel Cupples Residence. 3673 West Pine Boulevard. St. Louis woodenware merchant Samuel Cupples (1831-1912) was a philanthorpist and mulitmillionaire. In 1888, Cupples had this house built as a monument to his success. Photograph by Lester Linck, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1973. Missouri History Museum

Fourth Street looking North, 1867 to intersection with Locust Street. Daguerreotype by Thomas M. Easterly, 1867. Missouri History Museum Photographs and Prints Collections. Thomas Easterly Collection. N17009.