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Photos Of The Dead: 50+ Creepy Photos Of Victorian People Posing With Dead Bodies Of Their Loved Ones

The Victorians were fond of some weird traditions and photography, including post-mortem photography. Although the photography was in its infancy and the camera was very expensive and slow. For a single photograph one has to sit for few seconds to minutes.

Memento mori photography was a trend that came to be in the mid-19th century, which translates to “remember you must die,” was supported by photographers being commissioned at the time by families to photograph their deceased loved ones as a way to memorialize them. Post-mortem photography was also common in the nineteenth century when “death occurred in the home and was quite an ordinary part of life. Their photographs served as keepsakes to remember the deceased. While some people believe that this is just a myth check out this article by Edward Clint.

Here Bygonely has compiled a list of creepy portraits and photographs from Victorian era posing with the deceased bodies. Vote for your favorite one and tell us what do you think about this tradition.

Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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