ca. 1845, [portrait of a gentleman holding his dead wife]

A poignant portrait of a Bulgarian widower gazing for the last time on the beautiful face of his dead wife.

Adrenaline, caffeine, and camphor injection ampoules with needle. Indeed.

Victorian death photo: this one is highly unusual because of how long the subjects have been dead before photographing. I don't think I would want this to be the last image I had of a loved one.

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

Post-mortem photograph of a dead mother and a live infant. It's usually the other way around!

Italian Mother and Child, Ellis Island, New York, 1905, by Lewis Wickes Hine

Madeleine Astor, Titanic survivor and wife of John Jacob Astor IV, ca. 1910.

Ptak Science Books: On Tanning Names on Newborn Babies (1930) Because a name band would be what? too temporary?

I am not sure but I think both of them are dead.

A mother holds her newborn baby in the Kovno (Lithuania) Ghetto hospital. A Jewish star is sewn onto the child's blanket, marking the baby for probable death just minutes after he or she was born. Of the 30,000 original residents of the Kovno Ghetto, which was established in the summer of 1941, less than 10% survived.

post-mortem photography: "smile like you mean it!" lol ∞

This is beyond creepy until you realize the weird looking one is actually the live child who moved during the photo process.

Two sisters... one saying goodbye to the other. So sad...

Postmortem photography. The woman in the chair is the one that's dead.

ca. 1870’s

Pinner writes: These are pictures from a 1937 Life magazine profiling 9 year old Eunice, from Tennessee, and her new HUSBAND, 22 year old Charlie, who lived next door. I couldn't find a lot on them, except an old article with her mother not understanding what the problems was, stating that after two weeks of marriage they did not live as "man and wife." I also found her obituary (2006!). She stayed married to him their whole lives, and had seven surviving children.

...Her picture taken after death, look closely you can see the stand holds her up.

How can this mother look so serene while holding her deceased child? Shock, maybe.

A very "fresh" post mortem, though dead.