Victoria Era Post-Mortem Photographs

  • metta

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    Nov 11, 2014 6:54 AM GMT
    Victoria Era Post-Mortem Photographs


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    Nov 11, 2014 4:23 PM GMT
    I learned about that in the film "The Others" where the dead were posed in repose...



    ...but this "macabre" practice in your link of propping them up with their eyelids open and posing with them to make them look alive is news to me!

    Families also used to picnic in graveyards which made perfect sense back then - they were probably the only open green spaces without soot or horseshit.
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    Nov 11, 2014 4:50 PM GMT
    eagermuscle said

    Families also used to picnic in graveyards which made perfect sense back then



    I did that one time with a friend next to my father's grave.
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    Nov 11, 2014 9:49 PM GMT
    Child mortality was not uncommon when these pictures were taken. The big killers were measles, scarlet fever, whooping cough and diphtheria. People then were not as squeamish about death as they are today.
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    Nov 12, 2014 2:23 AM GMT
    metta8 said
    eagermuscle said

    Families also used to picnic in graveyards which made perfect sense back then



    I did that one time with a friend next to my father's grave.

    And I once got poison ivy weeding my mother-in-laws'.

    No good deed goes unpunished.