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I am going to freak a lot of people out with this. I find these Victorian post-mortem photos very interesting. They fascinate me.

Teen Girl with Friends  Teen girls, all dressed in white, pose with the casket of their friend / sister. Several of them are holding white handkerchiefs.  Gelatin silver print, circa 1900.

Teen Girl with Friends Teen girls, all dressed in white, pose with the casket of their friend / sister. Several of them are holding white handkerchiefs.

No it isn't a post mortem!!

This young man was possibly an ill child, posed for a pre-mortem photograph. His grip on the stick horse he rides appears to be that of a living person, but the tint added to his cheeks and his weak eyes contribute to the perception of sickness.

ca. 1864, [post mortem portrait of two children], Squyer Studio    via Looking at Death, Barbara Norfleet

Post Mortem photography- "Sleeping beauties" My grandmother had one of these photos of my uncle in his casket after his drowning.

Los niños, en estos casos, solían mostrarse reposando en un sofá o una cuna, a menudo junto a su juguete favorito u otro juguete, y tampoco era raro que aparecieran junto a uno o varios miembros de la familia, siendo lo más frecuente que apareciera en brazos de la madre.

***Trigger Warning: This post contains numerous post-mortem photos of children***Via Wikipedia:Post-mortem photography was very common in the nineteenth century when "death occurred in the home and was quite an ordinary part of life.

Memento Mori Photographs | Memento Mori: Victorian Death Photos / ca. 1850

Woman and Child Sitting on the Floor by a Music Box, ca. 1850 Albert Sands Southworth (American, West Fairlee, Vermont Charlestown, Massachusetts) From the Met

1860's.  Whm Thom Family... The two young boys on the left seem to be deceased , not sure about the baby the mother is holding.

Not Post Mortem as frequently labelled. William Thom and Family by Robinson Bros. of Sarnia, C. - CDV William Thom and wife Margaret and sons James William Robert Neil and Charles

Native American memento mori, I may be considered odd for this but I do love memento mori photos. And this one is quite rare indeed.

This site exists to discredit the idea of the Victorian standing post mortem photo. Post mortem photos do exist, but none of them are stand alone.

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