ca. 1840-60, [portrait of a mother and her dead child]

Victorian transgression?


Postmortem daguerreotype of a young mother holding her dead baby. another tragic yet elegant scene

aww, sweet! ~ Rare Show Of Victorian Affection ~

Group portrait of four female members of the Ovici family, a family of Jewish dwarf entertainers known as the Lilliput Troupe, who survived Auschwitz.

Bobby Kork An evenly split hermaphrodite, Bobby was male on the right and female on the left. Bobby also had a 50/50 split of genetalia. Apparantly much more masculine in personality and was well known for getting in fights with people who called him a freak. He died in the mid 1900s of food poisoning.

ca. 1845, [portrait of a gentleman holding his dead wife] Post-Mortem. Photography was very populat during the Victorian era. Often living relatives will appear in the photograph with them. The most common kind of Post Mortem is mother holding a deceased child.

Although she looks very much alive, she is not. This photo was taken of a young woman (possibly a teenager) not long after her death. If the photographer got there just before, or right after the death, it was easier to pose someone. Such a remarkable photo of a beautiful young lady who died in her prime.

Want to see what hate looks like? Here it is - Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, upon hearing that his photographer, Alfred Eisenstaedt, (famous photographer for Life Magazine,) was Jewish. On May 1st, 1945, when it became apparent even to him that Germany would lose the war, Joseph Goebbels gave poison to his six children, and then shot his wife and himself.

victorian postmortem photography

stunning 1850s memento mori ~ victorian postmortem photography

"The corpse of a woman lies in an open coffin at the Hadamar Institute where she was put to death as part of the Operation T4 euthanasia program."

another invisible mother picture. The idea behind hiding the mother is creepy and strange but early photographers did this because the mother was going to be cropped out of photo so that the photo is just of the children.

Victorian Postmortem, one of the most interesting and unique post mortem photographs I've ever seen.

Many Victorian mothers, while intending to provide the best food and feeding methods for their infants, tragically caused the deaths of their own little ones. Although doctors condemned the bottles and infant mortality rates of the time were shocking – only two out of ten infants lived to their second birthday – parents continued to buy and use them. The bottles eventually earned the nickname, “Murder Bottles.”

Fantastic photo of a Momento Mori photo being taken. Love the head rest to keep the head in place. Please note that although this is a posing stand, it is only for supporting the head. They were used in the 1830s for 'live' models to lean against during the 15-30 min. exposure time. A cadaver would have to be seated. The sort of stand required to support a corpse has never been found.

very sad - postmortem... When it was common to take these photos during victorian era.

Klara Hitler. The mother of the most famous genocidal maniac the world has yet known, really doesn't belong on the same board as her son. By all accounts, Klara was a mild, loving mother and wife who did all she could to make Adolf's early life as easy and carefree as possible. In return, she seems to be one of the few people Hitler genuinely loved. She died while Hitler was still in his teens, thereby saving herself the agony of watching his descent into madness and murder.