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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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Post-Mortem Photography was an important part of dealing with the death of a loved one in the Victorian era. This article explains the fascinating truth behind the photos of the dead.

[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.

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.

ca. 1900, [Post-mortem portrait of a child with her dolls...so sweet...a little angel...what some people don't realize is that this child may have died without ever having her photograph taken...if her family had not taken one at the time of her death, they would never have an image of her. Also, some believed that the souls of those who passed away could live on in the photos.

Fairy girl. Post mortem photo, you can see the stand holding her up, and her eyes are painted on

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Mother under blanket holding up deceased daughter...