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Morbid gallery reveals how Victorians took photos of their DEAD relatives posing on couches, beds and even in coffins

    Post-mortem photography was popular among the middle class in the late 19th century
    Some subjects had their eyes propped open to give the effect that they were still alive

By Nick Enoch

PUBLISHED: 11:51 EST, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:47 EST, 29 January 2013


Dressed in his Sunday best, a Victorian gentleman with a faraway look in his eyes sits in a chair while his photograph is taken.

But if his posture seems rather unnatural, it is for good reason. He is dead.

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


The Victorians experimented with different types of photography - and even took snaps of dead relatives

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2270169/Post-mortem-photography-Morbid-gallery-reveals-Victorians-took-photos-DEAD-relatives-posing-couches-beds-coffins.html#ixzz2JPZ6jmSj



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Why is this morbid?

My guess posing with the dead....an unusual custom in my opinion..but fascinating.

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It was completely normal. No different from an open coffin at a funeral.

At the time you had to stay perfectly still for several minutes to get a picture - something that corpses are good at.

The single picture we have of my great grandfather was taken the day after he died. Great Gram is in the picture too, but slightly blurry because she moved.
« Last Edit: January 29, 2013, 08:11:47 PM by EC »
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