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Post Mortem Photography: sometimes they let the eyes open to let the deceased look alive. You can easily see there is no life in those eyes. Via Flickr.

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!

Her intense gaze and the beautiful doll both help make this Victorian portrait an especially memorable one. 1800s

Bless him – dressed in his velveteen suit and propped up (somewhat awkwardly) on his highchair.

Victorian Post Mortem So Sad. So beautiful. So haunting. A lasting memory for the family.

Victorian post mortem photo( People will come for me. I know someone father chose will be here shortly. Must be a stranger in these parts because the sun has lowered as if to the ground an as impatience

an example of the stands they would use to hold up the dead people while they took the photo

Young boy ~ deceased ~ posed with his toy ~ they would often pose the deceased child with one of there favorite objects to help them appear "alive"

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

Lupus Vulgaris with Corneal Leukoma. To some this might appear disturbing, but if you look past the disease and look into her eyes you'll see optimism or some sort of positivity. And that's awesome.