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The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

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After the invention of daguerrotype, the memorializing habits of people have changed: they've chosen the cheap, higher quality photographs instead of expensive and not so lifelike paintings. Painting dead people was common for centuries, so it's no surprise that, in the Victorian Era, post-mortem photos also came into fashion. Here are some of the strangest ones.

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Infants and children

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Because of the high childhood and infant mortality rate, this was a significant way to memorializing lost family members. In some cases, this was the only photograph that depicted the entire family together.

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Family portraits

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Serious illnesses (left: Down syndrome)

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Adults

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King Ludwig II of Bavaria – the true Wagnerian hero.

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The enbalmed body of John O'Connor, a recluse from Nebraska, two and a half years after his death (Feb. 1916):

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With coffin

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But how do these bodies stand?

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(via: Taringa, desveladoyaburrido, pbase, klyker, cvltnation, mourningportraits, cpanet, ucoz and listverse)

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TK0KnockOut
TK0KnockOut

So just to be clear here: every single photograph in this post has at least one dead person in it? Or am I getting this wrong? Because I can see a lot of photographs where none of them look dead so maybe I'm not understanding this...