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From the time daguerreotypes became available c.1839, Memento Mori photos were a way of honoring & remembering the dead. The practice faded after about 1900 as cameras became common & people were likely to have other photos taken during life.

Memento Mori: Vintage Photo Meme

Amazing photo of child and mother. Looks as though they could be in mourning, second stage, but it is rare to see children all in black.

Memorial with Symbolism I am just about certain that the child in this photo is dead. There are several clues: the flowers, sunken eyes, relaxed hands and feet. In addition, the decorative style of the mount was commonly used in memorial photos. Death and mourning symbolism in the decorative work around the photo include the two doves, the scroll, and "crossing the river". The stag in the lower right basically symbolizes a desire to be closer to God.

am just about certain that the child in this photo is dead. There are several clues: the flowers, sunken eyes, relaxed hands and feet. In addition, the decorative style of the mount was commonly used in memorial photos. Death and mourning symbolism in the decorative work around the photo include the two doves, the scroll, and "crossing the river". The stag in the lower right basically symbolizes a desire to be closer to God.

memento mori victorian. These men,Clell Miller and Bill Chadwell, were with the James Younger gang in Northfield, MN. These two were killed, the Youngers badly wounded and the James boys made a clean escape.

"Sleeping Beauty" Post-mortem photograph. 1870 carte de visite of a young girl, posed as if sleeping.

Eva in patterned dress tin type, beautiful girl.

A photo like this is somewhere in the Anderson Funeral Home archives