I am really afraid that someone will call this tintype of mine a post mortem. It is one of a number of tintypes of the same young men in a photo studio pretending to fight, play checkers, and sleep. They are perfect examples of the sense of humor that the Victorians sometimes brought to their interaction with photographers. I think some of the more bizarre, so called post mortems, can be explained by this kind of playful activity.
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I usually only post photographs from our collection with the "NOT a post mortem" line if I have seen them on a Pinterest board labeled as post mortems. In this case I saw this cabinet card of Louis Cyr, the famous strong man, with his wife and daughter on a board and realized that sooner or later the "poising stand means they are dead" crew will fasten on the bases behind their feet to claim that they are dead. Consider this a preemptive strike.
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Circus Family vintage cabinet card
Rare STRONGMAN LOUIS CYR & SEXY WIFE! Antique CIRCUS PHOTO Historic MUSCLE FREAK
I just found this tintype of mine of a very much alive baby being held by a hidden mother on a Pinterest page called "Death photography". DUH! what about this baby says she is dead?
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This is a post mortem in our collection. It is an elderly woman in her coffin. She was not photographed standing, strapped or wired to a posing stand. This is what an actual post mortem looks like.
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This is a cased 1/6 tintype of an elderly woman. We found a scrap of paper advertising daguerreotype cases behind the tintype. There is faint writing that told us she lived in a village in Pennsylvania.
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Post Mortem Tintype of Elderly Woman by Photo_History
A young woman lies under a flowered cover wearing a night cap. Is it a post mortem? Yes, it obviously is. She was photographed as if she was sleeping, not strung up on a posing stand.
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Memento Mori - Jack and Beverly's Cased Daguerreotype and Ambrotype Post Mortem Photographs
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Victorian Post Mortem
I just found this cabinet card from my collection on Pinterest as a post mortem. I can only assume that it was so labeled because there is a posing stand behind this very cute and very much alive young person. Tell me how she was able to raise her hand and point her finger if she was dead! This may be the silliest misidentified post mortem I have ever seen!
Check out this site: "Victorian Post Mortem Photos - The Myth of the Stand Alone Corpse" for excellent information on spotting fake post mortems! dealer042.wix.com...
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Vintage photo of Child in Bat? Costume. Maybe black Butterfly?
I think it would be cool to print and frame old photos like this in order to use them as home decor, even if the subject is not a relative they would still spark conversation and add some real interest to a room. Butterfly Girl (Cabinet Card) S. B. Hill of Austin, Texas has photographed this fairy child in a dark dress and tights with butterfly wings. The base of the photographer's headrest sits behind her feet.
from A Polar Bear's Tale blog site
Tragic. A real photo postcard showing two sisters laid out in matching coffins. An inked inscription verso in a fine period hand identifies the girls as Claudia Severine Groth / Born Sept. 30, 1908 / Died Feb. 20, 1911 and Millie Cecelia / Born Dec. 25, 1910 / Died Feb. 21, 1911. Underneath this the inscription identifies their mother, Mrs E. O. Groth / Enderlin / N. Dak.
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Memento Mori photo postcard showing two sisters laid out in matching coffins. An inked inscription verso in a fine period hand identifies the girls as Claudia Severine Groth / Born Sept. 30, 1908 / Died Feb. 20, 1911 and Millie Cecelia / Born Dec. 25, 1910 / Died Feb. 21, 1911. Underneath this the inscription identifies their mother, Mrs E. O. Groth / Enderlin / N. Dak.
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A deceased child positioned in a chair. Often if the body was propped up eyes were either painted onto the eyelids or the photographer would draw eyes onto the photo itself. 1854 saw the advancement in photography of color-tinted ambrotypes, thin negative images on glass made to appear as a positive by showing them against a black background. Ambrotypes sold at less than half the price of a daguerreotype. (This is not an ambrotype of course)
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mdolla: Stiff Pose Victorian Postmortem photography (140 Pics)
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Beautiful angel with her hair bows and baby doll...so very sad.
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Beautiful angel with her hair bows and baby doll
Early Post Mortem Photography:
Open-eyed postmortem. Memento mori.
Such a tiny, tiny baby.
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A partir de la fotografía post-mortem se puede revivir la sensibilidad del México decimonónico utilizada en ámbitos sociales y políticos
Era victoriana: Fotografía post mortem
Fotografía postmortem. Costumbre para no olvidar.
Victorian post mortem photography - baby appears premature
This boy named Herre died in 1873 at the age of two years and a half. The photo was found in his father's diary, which mentions the following: "We had one portrait made in his bed after he died by Ephraim. Later he put the head on a portrait of his child, wearing Herre's clothes, which became quite good". A very unusual example of early photoshopping avant la lettre!
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This boy named Herre died in 1873 at the age of two years and a half. The photo was found in his father's diary, which mentions the following: "We had one portrait made in his bed after he died by Ephraim. Later he put the head on a portrait of his child, wearing Herre's clothes, which became quite good". A very unusual example of early photoshopping avant la lettre! They also did this to fake ghost photos.
theskullillusion: Another example of early photo-editing of post mortem pictures. This photo is from the Flickr member Gijsha, who says - This boy named Herre died in 1873 at the age of two years and a half. The photo was found in his father’s diary, which mentions the following: “We had one portrait made in his bed after he died by Ephraim. Later he put the head on a portrait of his child, wearing Herre’s clothes, which became quite good”. A very unusual example of early photoshopping ...
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Handbook for the Recently Deceased from the film 'Beetle Juice' (1988)
This is a blank paperback journal (150 pages) in the style of the Handbook for the Recently Deceased from Tim Burton’s “Beetle Juice” (1988).
'Handbook for the Recently Deceased' blank paperback journal inspired by Tim Burton's "BeetleJuice," 1988. Fill with absurd thoughts; but no matter what you write, it'll probably read like stereo instructions.
Handbook for the Recently Deceased- from one of my favorite movies Beetle Juice
Housed at the National Museum of Funeral History,this three-person casket was apparently commissioned by a couple who had lost a child and, in their grief, decided they wanted to commit suicide to join her. They took the time to pay someone to design and build this before they did it, which we can only assume must have taken a good deal of time since it was clearly an unusual custom job.
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young-urban-psychopath: Three-person suicide coffin. The story behind this custom coffin is that a couple’s infant daughter died, and they agreed to commit suicide and be buried with the daughter. At the last minute, they backed-out and never picked up the coffin from the coffin-maker. Here it rests at the National Museum of Funeral History, Houston.
Said to be an army hospital nurse, this post mortem (death portrait) photograph shows a young woman holding a book, possibly a small bible or testament. The revenue stamp on the back dates this image to 1864. Annapolis was the site of one of the largest Union Army Hospitals during the Civil War and at least 5 female nurses died of diseases caught while tending patients there. Three of them died in late 1863 and two died in early 1865. The 1864 stamp on this image places it between those two time
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Said to be of an army hospital nurse, this postmortem photograph shows a young woman holding a book, possibly a small bible or testament. The revenue stamp on the back dates this image to 1864. Annapolis was the site of one of the largest Union Army hospitals during the Civil War, and at least five female nurses died of diseases caught while tending patients there. Three of them died in late 1863 and two died in early 1865.
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Morbid Post Mortem Family Portrait
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Margaret Alice West On saturday, september 30, 1865, at 3 o'clock am, of congestion of the lungs, Margaret Alice, infant daughter of William K. and Julia E. West aged 3 years, 1 month and 10 days.
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Antique Photo Album Post Mortem Photography
MOURNING ART OF POSTMORTEM PHOTOGRAPHY. THIS LITTLE GIRL DIED OF CONGESTION. MARGARET ALICE WAS THREE YEARS, ONE MONTH, & 10 DAYS OLD. WOULD YOU DO THIS?--SLA
Poland, A Jew holding the corpse of a baby.
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Dear God if this is real.... Poland, A Jew holding the corpse of a baby...Yad Vashem Photo Archive
Poland, A Jew holding the corpse of a baby. Never forget. Horrific photos.
Poland, A Jewish man holding the dead body of a holocaust baby. This is so tragic. God Bless this baby.
Poland, A Jew holding the corpse of a baby.If this doesn't bring tears to your eyes you have no heart.
This VERY rare
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The poor chap in this photograph looks stunned, and no wonder. I love the tender way he’s holding the baby’s hand.