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  • Angela 진선미 DG

    These types of photos are just creepy...ca.1845, portrait of a gentleman holding his dead wife post mortem. Photography was very popular 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.

  • Cat Bee

    Postmortem photo: Man Holding Dead Wife, 'Till Death Do Us Part,' Daguerreotype circa 1845 [In era when few portraits were taken, a post-mortem photo might be the only chance to capture a likeness.]

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[Photograph of a young girl on a chair] Author/Creator: Shew, William, 1820-1903. Part of: Carl Mautz collection of cartes-de-visite photographs created by California photographers.

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.

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

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.

An 1800's, beautifully-attired, post-mortem (posting stand visible behind her) Victorian girl holding flowers.

17 Haunting Post-Mortem Photographs From The 1800s -- WHICH ONE IS FREAKIN' DEAD!?

Photos became more affordable to the lower and middle class with the invention of the daguerrotpye in 1839. During the Victorian Era, the infant and child mortality rate was high. Often, death photos were the only picture a family may ever have of their child. This practice is considered taboo in America, but is still an accepted practice in many parts of the World.

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

Victorian post mortem photo( People will come for me. I know someone father chose will be here shortly. Must be a stranger in these parts because the sun has lowered as if to the ground an as impatience