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The curling effect framing the top and bottom of this cabinet card indicates a memorial or remembrance photograph made of a person after their death.

Original cabinet card of Victorian sideshow and circus personality General Tom Thumb, posing with his wife. Photographer was the famous Bogardus studio in New York city. There is some old writing on the back, dated 1881.

Victorian Lady Name unknown. Hugh Mangum Photographs Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University

RARE 1900s Antique GERMAN Victorian GRAVE by NeverNeverTraders, $185.00

Collection Of Historical Artifacts

During the Victorian era, mourners sometimes collected their tears in gold decorated "tear bottles" to keep as a remembrance for the next of kin. It has also been said that the widows would go to the grave on the anniversary of the first year of death and sprinkle the tears on the grave to signify the end of the first year of mourning.

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.