Victorian era post mortem photographer at work, Maybe thy could have done more with the hands... =\ Post Mortem Photography, Victorian Post Mortem, Victorian Postmortem, Postmortem Photography, Moment Mori, Victorian Era, Children Photography, Photos Session, Memento Mori
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!
It seems unthinkable to us today, but in many cases parents were only able to find the money to photograph their children after they had passed away. These photos may have been the only images they had of their sweet babies. These two little girls are beautiful...