The Truth Behind Victorian Post-Mortem Photography
Post-Mortem Photography was an important part of dealing with the death of a loved one in the Victorian era. This article explains the fascinating truth behind the photos of the dead.
Yes, she’s dead, too. According to the photograph notes, this older child is dressed in a white gown and wedding veil, with a rosary and cross, to symbolize her being a pure “bride of Christ”. Back...
Said to be an army hospital nurse, this post mortem (death portrait) photograph shows a woman holding a book, possibly a small bible or testament. The revenue stamp on the back dates this image to 1864. Annapolis was the site of one of the largest Union Army Hospitals during the Civil War and at least 6 female nurses died of diseases caught while tending patients there. Four of them died in 1863 and two died in early 1865. The 1864 stamp on this image places it between those two time…
A young dancer's postmortem photograph. The lady is dead, and is posed using a metal rod alongside her spine, and her hand is actually strapped to the screen behind her using wire, making it appear as if she is posing by herself.