In the spirit of Halloween, here's an old post from Vincze Miklos of Cink and io9 featuring some memorable examples of Victorian-era post-mortem photography. If that's not enough, though a little less spooky, he also has a collection of headless pics and haunted castles.
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.
Infants and children
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.
Serious illnesses (left: Down syndrome)
King Ludwig II of Bavaria – the true Wagnerian hero.
The enbalmed body of John O'Connor, a recluse from Nebraska, two and a half years after his death (Feb. 1916):