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  • Ana Franco

    victorian post mortem photo--- 1 last photo. to never forget.I wonder why they never took 1 pick as they were living,maybe they never imagine this awful day...ohhh woww.:( the people alive here looks more dead then the dead one,,goose bumps,so sad...````

  • William Lau

    Photo of a dying young girl. This is likely one of the first Memento Mori. England, 1841.

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  • Jennifer Anne T.

    Victorian postmortem photo

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must have been deeply loved by his family

This is such a beautiful picture. The young mother looks sad but sereen at her deceased baby. She's in black dress with a white lace cuff and wears a beautiful mourning hat. Real victorian!

this picture is actually a post mortem picture this was most likely taken in the Victorian age, this little girl is actually deceased. There is a pole which holds them up on the back, you can see some of this pole between her feet, the eyes are eyelids with a black dot to make it look like a pupil, and look how the hands were placed around the doll.

[Photograph of a young girl on a chair] Author/Creator: Shew, William, 1820-1903. Part of: Carl Mautz collection of cartes-de-visite photographs created by California photographers.

As you can see there is a standing post behind the girl. And she is ALIVE! This is not a postmortem photo. There is no such thing as a standing PM photo. Her eyes are painted in. This is because the exposure time was more then 10 minutes and eyelids move thus become blurry on the photo.

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Her intense gaze and the beautiful doll both help make this Victorian portrait an especially memorable one. 1800s

Standing post mortems are an urban legend. Stands were used to steady people for long exposure times used in photography at that time. It's impossible to prop up a dead person in this fashion! The stand couldn't hold up that much 'dead weight', the mouth would hang open, and the head and limbs would flop down. Could a person even hold up a dead child and have her look natural? No, and a stand can't do it either!