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.
"The Lone Hawk" Billy Bishop Bishop is one of the most celebrated pilots in Canadian history. His heroics include taking out 72 enemy planes, which included an in-flight encounter with the legendary Red Baron Manfred von Richthofen, and he was also instrumental in creating the Royal Canadian Air Force. Bishop was the recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC), the British Empire’s most distinguished honor.
MINISTRY OF INFORMATION FIRST WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION. The officer of an R. A. F, Mobile photographic Section showing to a Pilot of a B.E. 12, the areas to be photographed on a map which is resting on a probable L type camera.