Apologies for the creepy photos. I love looking at photos especially ones from the past. History fascinates me (except for history class I don't like history class all that well. weird I know). Again I found these interesting and wanted to archive them to look at again later.
Victorian photographic posing stand, used to help subjects stand still during long exposures. NOT used for post-mortem photos. There is no way there is enough structure or means of support for the weight of a dead body.
So apparently if a mother died they would cover her face and take a picture of the child with her. Sorry if this is inaccurate sorry if got my facts wrong. That's what I heard. If I am please comment what actually happened. I am very interested.
Cleft Hands Cleft hands are caused by a deficiency known clinically as ectrodactyly, where the hands form improperly. Individuals afflicted with the malformation, like this Spanish mother and her children (date unknown), would would often submit themselves to sideshows and circuses, referring to themselves as "lobster people."