Truly Disturbing Headlines: Victorian Photographs Show Macabre Tradition Of Posing With DEAD Relatives

Lined up for a family photo these Victorian children look miserable as they stare sternly at the camera. But their grim expressions may be understandable after it becomes clear they are posing for a macabre photo with their dead younger sibling who is laid out on a chair. These remarkable pictures show the morbid way that the deceased were remembered in the late 19th century

Victorian Post Mortem Tintypes The deceased were immortalized in photographs during the Victorian era. Victorian After-Death Photos Still Haunt

Macabre: Lined up for a family photo these Victorian children look miserable as they look sternly at the camera. But their grim expressions may be understandable after it becomes clear they are posing for a macabre photo with their dead sibling who is laid out on a chair

 

Victorian Post Mortem Tintypes The deceased were immortalized in photographs during the Victorian era. Victorian After-Death Phot

Macabre: These remarkable pictures show the morbid way that the deceased were remembered in the late 19th century

 

 

Victorian Post Mortem Tintypes The deceased were immortalized in photographs during the Victorian era. Victorian After-Death Photos Still Haunt
Victorian Post Mortem Tintypes The deceased were immortalized in photographs during the Victorian era. Victorian After-Death Photos Still Haunt

Keepsake: The invention of the daguerreotype – the earliest photographic process – in 1839 brought portraiture to the masses. It was far cheaper and quicker than commissioning a painted portrait and it enabled the middle classes to have an affordable, cherished keepsake of their dead family members

 

Memory: The invention of the daguerreotype - the earliest photographic process - in 1839 brought portraiture to the masses

Memory: A young girl is displayed in a tiny coffin before her funeral in this grim photo

 

The invention of the daguerreotype – the earliest photographic process – in 1839 brought portraiture to the masses.

It was far cheaper and quicker than commissioning a painted portrait and it enabled the middle classes to have an affordable, cherished keepsake of their dead family members.

Known as post-mortem photography, some of the dearly departed were photographed in their coffin.

This particular style, often accompanied by funeral attendees, was common in Europe but less so in the United States.

Victorian Post Mortem Tintypes The deceased were immortalized in photographs during the Victorian era. Victorian After-Death Photos Still Haunt

Laid out: Known as post-mortem photography, some of the dearly departed were photographed in their coffins, while others were laid out in funeral dressage.

 

Victorian Post Mortem Tintypes The deceased were immortalized in photographs during the Victorian era. Victorian After-Death Photos Still Haunt
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Trend: Post-mortem photography, often accompanied by funeral attendees, was common in Europe but less so in the United States.

 

Victorian Post Mortem Tintypes The deceased were immortalized in photographs during the Victorian era. Victorian After-Death Photos Still Haunt

Victorian Post Mortem Tintypes: The deceased were immortalized in photographs during the Victorian era. The Victorian after-death photos continue to haunt.

 

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Victorian Post Mortem Tintypes The deceased were immortalized in photographs during the Victorian era. Victorian After-Death Photos Still Haunt

In some photos the subjects were made to look like they were in a deep sleep or even life-like as they were positioned next to family members.

 

 

However, in others, they were made to look like they were in a deep sleep or even life-like as they were positioned next to family members.

It was an age of high infant mortality rates – and children were often shown in repose on a couch or in a crib, while adults were more commonly posed in chairs.

 

 

Sometimes the subject’s eyes were propped open or the pupils were painted onto the print to give the effect they were alive.

In early images, a rosy tint was added to the cheeks of corpses.

By the early 20th century, the practice fell out of fashion as photos became more commonplace with the arrival of the snapshot.

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