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. Death Photosmemento, Man Holding, Post Mortem Photography, Postmortem Pictures, Creepy Post Mortem, Mementomori, Victorian Era, Dead Wife, Memento Mori
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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!
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.