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Family photos with dead family - girl in the middle is dead

The girl in the middle is not alive. Look at the position of her hands...
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This is a post mortem photo by Robson . It was extremely expensive to have a photo taken during Victorian times. Only the wealthy could afford such a luxury.

If a child or other loved one died it was a common practice to have a photo taken either alone or as in this case with the family especially if there was not yet a living likeness. If you look closely you can see a base behind the girls feet and a post would go up from that with clamps at the waist and neck and the clothing would be open at the back.

The arms would have stiff wires running at the back to hold them in place. Also notice the strange placement of the hands. The pupils are painted on the closed eyelids.

It was not until after ca.1900 with Mr. Eastman's film process that photography became available inexpensively, as we know it today. Post mortems were very common in Victorian times and if you look closely at portraits from pre ca.1900 you may have one of these photos. This photo ca.1888"


Picture and quote from http://www.petroliaheritage...

This is a simple clamp used to keep living people still.
http://www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/dag4clamp.jpg

More pictures and text on this topic here
 http://socyberty.com/parano...

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By netchicken: posted on 11-10-2009

That's just plain creepy, plus I'm suprised the rigor mortis didn't set in, making the body impossible to position let alone get the 'fancy' clothes on. Not to mention that family has to be pretty messed up to, why would you want your dead child in a photo with you. Shouldn't you be grieving or something?

PS: those painted on eyes are really starting to freak me out.
By mg.mikael: posted on 13-10-2009








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