Post-mortem Photography

17 Sep

Post-mortem photography – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Blimey, you learn something every day. Post-mortem photography in the Victorian era.  Something I picked up on due to a snippet on Facebook. Apparently they would prop the eyes open or paint eyeballs onto the lids. If the corpse was photographed standing it would be supported by a prop.

I wonder if any countries still do this?

Post Mortem

The one standing is the corpse. Notice the hands.

4 Responses to “Post-mortem Photography”

  1. Grumpy October 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Good grief, that really is weird!

  2. 40 something gay man November 21, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    My goodness! Morbid yet fascinating!!
    It brings a whole new meaning to the film “Death becomes her”!

  3. Elaine - I used to be indecisive December 15, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    That is a bit creepy! I had no idea that this happened.

  4. Marylin Warner January 6, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    I’ve never seen them standing, propped up, but I have seen pictures of singles and entire families from the late 1800s and early 1900s sitting propped up in chairs. But in all of these, the eyes remain closed; I’ve never seen one with eyes kept open. Supposedly it’s for the living who will miss them, to keep as comfort, reminders that a part of them will always remain.

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