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  • Angela 안젤라 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.

  • Peter R. Robinson

    Creepy Post-Mortem Photos From The Victorian Era - Living man holding his dead wife

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ca. 1860-80’s, [portrait of a woman in mourning] (my guess is this is closer to 1860s)

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.

1890s photographs [both children are deceased - you can see the posing stands behind them]

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

awww....even the dog victorian-post-mortem-photography-dogs-terrier-cushion-chair ...

victorian post-mortem photography | victorian post mortem photography dead not girl flowers

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.