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The Truth Behind Victorian Post-Mortem Photography

The Truth Behind Victorian Post-Mortem Photography

”Post Mortem” photos. Standing girl is deceased. Queen Victoria asked to photograph the corpse of a relative, as a souvenir. The trend spread around the world.

Post mortem photography, 1865-75, sisters posed standing,1 deceased (on right), Pella Iowa

Fotografías post-mortem de la era victoriana (Apto)

The back of this circa 1890 cabinet card states that the family took their recently deceased son and his favorite toys to the the photographer Wilkinson in Danville, Indiana. Postmortem photographs were common in the Victorian era when childhood mortality rates were much higher. Photographic mementos were cherished by family members. (Courtesy of the Hendricks County Historical Society)

The back of this circa 1890 cabinet card states that the family took their recently deceased son and his favorite toys to the the photographer Wilkinson in Danville, Indiana. Postmortem photographs were common in the Victorian era when childhood mortality rates were much higher. Photographic mementos were cherished by family members. (Courtesy of the Hendricks County Historical Society)

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