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    Living husband and dead wife...

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    Vintage mortuary pictures

    Husband with deceased wife.

    Memento mori.

    memento mori - beautiful

    From Carl Lewis Barnes-"The art and science of #embalming 1898"

    Abby Borden's body as it was found in the home...well probably as it was found. The photos weren't taken until about 3pm in the afternoon so she would have been dead for six or more hours, the crime scene completely disturbed and, for example, the bed has even been moved to take the photograph...which you can see in the mirror.

    Yes, she’s dead, too. According to the photograph notes, this older child is dressed in a white gown and wedding veil, with a rosary and cross, to symbolize her being a pure “bride of Christ”. Back braces, boards, and sometimes simply disguised assistants standing off to the sides were all utilized in creative ways by photographers, when the parents or relatives wanted the decedent propped up or standing up.

    A very lovely posed post mortem

    The Making of a Death Mask

    A partially covered person is to the dead girl's left and is helping to hold her upright for the photo (same child as in the wheelchair photo here). ca. 1865, memento mori

    Memento Mori / Postmortem Photography

    child on the left is deceased

    Conjoined Twins Post-Mortem | Early Post Mortem Photography: Dead Woman

    Post-mortem photography

    ca. 1845, [portrait of a gentleman holding his dead wife]

    Why we call it "the living room": In years passed, it was the habit to hold a deceased person's viewing and wake at home in the front parlor. During that time it was referred to as "the death room". The Ladies Home Journal in 1910 declared the "Death Room" as no more and henceforth the parlor would be known as the "Living Room".

    memento mori

    This memento mori photo contains not a single deceased person, yet it feels more powerful than many of the post mortem images The stark simplicity is breathtaking. And that little boy’s determined face, wearing his father’s uniform cap

    This is a stunning Memento Mori

    Memento mori