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Some families were able to hire a photographer before the actual passing of their loved one. These portraits are sometimes called "peri-mortem photos", since they were taken near the time of death but not after death. -- Victorian post mortem

A quite disturbing element of these Victorian post-mortem photographs is the fact that due to the slow process of taking pictures with early cameras, the living in photographs are slightly blurred whilst the dead – who cannot move – appears with crystal clarity. In some ways the dead seem more alive than the living – certainly less ghostly.

The Dead Bride. It's been supposed she's dead, looking at her hands, eyes and the dead flowers in her hands.

Deceased infant with nursing bottle. In the pre-sterilization era, the bacteria from this type of nursing bottle led to the deaths of many children. Full-plate tintype, c.1870.

Victorian Dead Propped Up | This poor child looks like she had been ill for a long time before her ...

A picture of a boy called George, forced into a frilly dress and with the most truculent expression on his face. The basket he's holding contains bay leaves, which in the Victorian language of flowers means "I change but in death". His twin sister died and his parents wanted a keepsake of her so this was the nearest they could get...I'm not sure what parent would today dress their son up as his deceased twin sister - I imagine, although it seems strange today, but maybe they found comfort in…

Woman cradling her deceased infant. ca.1860. post-mortem photography, very popular in the victorian age

Photograph taken in Tombstone, Arizona of 19-year-old Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp, Wyatt Earp's wife