The Bizarre Tradition Of Post-Mortem Photography From The Victorian Era

Here’s something a little disturbing you may have not known about.

It’s called post mortem photography, and if it were still around today we would probably view this as barbaric, but back during the Victorian era it was a common practice. The reason??

Basically, child mortality rate was quite high, a common sickness that children would normally have today would have been fatal back during that time.

They would often photograph their loved ones in a life like position, by either propping them up in bed, holding them, and even leaning them against a post so they would appear to be standing.

Sometimes the deceased would have their eyes closed to make it appear as though they were sleeping… while other times the eyes would be forced open to make him or her look alive.

1. This photo shows you how it’s achieved… Notice what’s behind the chair

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2. Below are the photos from the 19th and 20th century 

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3. It was a significant way to memorializing lost family members.125tb800

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13. Both children are deceased. If you take a close look at their feet you can see the stand behind them keeping them upright

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If you thought this was creepy, just check out these two sentence horror stories!

Also, let us know what you think about post mortem photography in the comment section below. (h/t Mdolla)

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