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The Truth Behind Victorian Post-Mortem Photography

The Truth Behind Victorian Post-Mortem Photography

Typically, a post-mortem photograph depicted the dead person in a peaceful state of repose, as in a blissful deep sleep. But some of these post-mortem photos went further. Sometimes they liked to pose the deceased as if he/she was living:

Victorian Post-Mortem photograph of a woman who died in a factory fire

People In The 1800s Did THIS With Dead Bodies

This is a photo of research by neurologist Duchenne de Boulogne. He was experimenting with stimulation of the facial muscles by electricity, attempting to replicate different emotions and expressions. She's alive.

[Portrait of a neurologist using “Electro-stimulation”], Adrien Tournachon Victorian Medical Oddities, victorian photography via A Morning’s Work: Medical Photographs from the Burns Archive, Stanley B.

Genuinely creepy. POSSIBLE post mortem photo of the twin on the right.  Stands were sometimes used to make the deceased seem alive.  The R. Twins skin is discolored, the eyes are lifeless, arm hangs at his side and there's an unnatural leaning to his stance, whereas his brother has turned his head and is glancing up at him with trepidation. Live Siblings and surviving twins were often posed with their deceased siblings for post-mortem photos.

Live Siblings and surviving twins were often posed with their deceased siblings for post-mortem photos.

2 handsome gentlemen - one with a stand behind to make him stand straight - it took forever to have a photo taken

The Truth Behind Victorian Post-Mortem Photography

Pretty young lady...so sad.                                                                                                                                                      More

It sounds ghoulish but many of our ancestors accepted the idea as normal: photographing the corpses of family members shortly after their death. During the Victorian era, such photographs were mean…

I have to say this is one of the beautiful post Mortem photos I have seen yet.    Photo by Alice M. Boughton, ~ 1910... The woman on the left is deceased while the woman on the right looks to be holding her. They look to be sisters. This is a beautiful picture though.

Untitled, [Two Women Under a Tree], 1910 (Alice Boughton) From Truth Beauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, photos from the George Eastman House at the Phillips Collection,

The Truth Behind Victorian Post-Mortem Photography

The Truth Behind Victorian Post-Mortem Photography

Post-Mortem Photography was an important part of dealing with the death of a loved one in the Victorian era. This article explains the fascinating truth behind the photos of the dead.

Another being circulated as post-mortem. I can't even begin to imagine by what stretch of the imagination...

There is a lot of misunderstanding going on about antique post mortem photos showing the deceased standing upright and the use of the posing stand. The purpose of the posing stand was to keep the.

Post Mortem Photography (Video) Very beautifully done

An old Victorian post-mortem photograph. has a penchant for grotesque art, and she has at least one such memento mori piece in her houses.

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