A post-mortem photographer at work. 19th century.

Post mortem

These 22 Pics Show Exactly How Creepy Post-Mortem Photography Was In The 19th Century - Dose - Your Daily Dose of Amazing

The Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography,the infant mortality rate was very high,so as strange as it may seem to us today ,this was a way for families to memorialize their lost love ones.

A sad post-mortem photograph of a boy and his deceased dog.

This girl is dead. This is a Victorian death photo. "If you look closely you can see a base behind the girls feet and a post would go up from that with clamps at the waist and neck and the clothing would be open at the back. The arms would have stiff wires running at the back to hold them in place. Also notice the strange placement of the hands. The pupils are painted on the closed eyelids."

These 22 Pics Show Exactly How Creepy Post-Mortem Photography Was In The 19th Century - Dose - Your Daily Dose of Amazing

This falls under the category of: No. Absolutely No.

Victorian postmortem photo ~ this one is highly unusual because of how long the subjects have been dead before photographing. Note the painted eyes on the child

Mourning Photos, Mortum Momento, Early 1900 S, Post Mortem, Man Photo, 1900 S Post, Moment Mori

girl on chair is deceased.

Incredibly, they would often keep the body of an infant and, once it was mummified, they would dress the baby's body and keep it as a memento. It was the equivalent of the modern day taxidermy of a treasured pet.

Victorian-Era Prostitutes

Beginning in the mid-1800s, post-mortem photography (or memento mori) was a popular way to honor and remember the dead. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

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

Victorian artificial arm

Victorian post-mortem, 1850 - I find this image heartrending. The young mother in her Sunday best, carefully holding the body of her dead baby. You have to bear in mind that photography was not very advanced at this time – she would have been required to hold that pose without moving for quite some time.


World Of Mysteries: 40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken. A German World War II prisoner, released by the Soviet Union, is reunited with his daughter. The child had not seen her father since she was one year old.

Victorian post mortem

Post-mortem photography "Posing Stand"