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Memento Mori

These photos may be hard to look at but they are memories of children that families were sad to lose. These photographs served less as a reminder of mortality than as a keepsake to remember the deceased. This was especially common with infants and young children; Victorian era childhood mortality rates were extremely high, and a post-mortem photograph might be the only image of the child the family ever had. Literally, Momento Mori translates to "Remember your mortality"


Memento Mori

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So sad! Death of baby and mother during childbirth, 1910

Mother and deceased baby...

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A Victorian Post Mortem of conjoined twins

daguerreotype circa 1850's very poignant piece of post mortem photography

France

a very strange memento mori to say the least...

Happ and Glady's Baby

Post mortem of a little girl with a flower in her hand, held up in standing position by a hidden person. Cabinet card from Villisca, Iowa about 1890

'La Muerte Nina.'

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POST MORTEM OF PRETTY GIRL IN MASCHER VIEWING CASE

Dead child with open eyes. Tintype, circa 1862

Death Pictures, Postmortem Photos, Post Mortem Photography, Mourning Archive, Seattle Washington

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Post mortem of a little girl with a flower in her hand, held up in standing position by a hidden person. Cabinet card from Villisca, Iowa about 1890

Mourning Photo

Sleeping beauty

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A Grieving Mother

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Antique Photo Album Post Mortem Photography

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post mortem boy tied to board.

A beautiful young girl, with flowers. Sixth-plate daguerreotype, circa 1859.

Thanks to Boatswain for the image. Post Mortem Photography.

Thanks to Boatswain for the image. Post Mortem Photography.

Quarter-plate daguerreotype of a child, with great perspective and masterful lighting. Philadelphia, PA, circa 1850. Back of the case has a typewritten note: Helen Hamilton Field 1st child of Samuel & Mary G.P. Fie(ld) Taken after death. Died of Scarlet Fever.