Memento Mori: How Victorian Mourning Photography Immortalised Loved Ones After…

Memento Mori: How Victorian Mourning Photography Immortalised Loved Ones After Death (PICTURES)

The peculiar and morbid Victorian mourning traditions and post-mortem photography – despite the worry of being buried alive, people were comfortable with death

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Early Post Mortem Photography: Dead Baby with Father

Early Post Mortem Photography: Dead Baby with Father

Mother and child. Post-mortem photography.

Mother and child. Post-mortem photography.

"Marbling" part of the putrefaction stage of human decomposition can be seen here above

As the body decomposes, "marbling" of the skin may become apparent.

What happened to this poor child may be lost to the ages, but the bruises and swelling indicate a violent trauma suffered. She lived at least a few hours after the incident: it takes that long for contusions to bruise.

Book of Victorian post-mortem photography: http://www.cultofweird.com/books/beyond-the-dark-veil/

Beyond the Dark Veil: Book of Post Mortem Photography

The Thanatos Archive put together this book of post mortem and mourning photography shedding light on the practice of death in the Victorian era.

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