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    Momento mori - widower

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    Living husband mourns his dead wife. | When photography was a new art form, it was expensive and the process was laborious. Post-mortem photos or memento mori (Latin for "remember that you will die") were often the only time a person was photographed.

  • Jean garrison

    18 Creepy Post-Mortem Photos From The Victorian Era - ODDEE....living husband mourns his dead wife.....

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    Living husband laying next to deceased wife ~ Victorian Postmortem ∞

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    Victorian death photos

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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.

Urgh, Buzzfeed strikes again. I see absolutely nothing in this photograph that could indicate that it's a post-mortem.

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.

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

Modern interpretation of the Victorian death photos known as Memento Mori

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.

A stunning carbon print carte-de-visite in beautiful condition. The photographer is Géruzet Frères of Brussels. An Inked inscription in French on the back in a fine period hand translates as 'Souvenir of our dear little Marthe, raised to our most lively affection the 23 March 86, Hector and Mathilde'

Eva in patterned dress tin type, beautiful girl.

"Why were some of their faces blurry while others were perfectly in focus? Why did so many of them look like they were sleeping? And what in God’s name was wrong with that child’s eyes?"

Memento Mori: Vintage Photo Meme