Victorian Post-Mortem Photography

Submitted by: buddy 10 years ago Weird
http://ame2.asu.edu/projects/haunted/ISA%20index/book%20of%20the%20dead/book%20of%20the%20dead%20photos%20page2.htm

Creepy.
There are 112 comments:
Female 1
In our culture we are so insulated against death.Back then those people were exposed to it from an early age;people died in their homes & were laid out there until the funeral.The child mortality rates were very high;as a mom I can understand wanting a memento of a child especially if it`s the only one you will ever have. After all a mother carries that child in her body,labors to give birth and in those days women put their lives on the line to have babies and they probably tended that child in it`s last illness. I read that the photos with the eyes appearing to be open were painted that way by the photographer.I think people in those days knew how to grieve.In this culture people are expected to "move on" and forget their dead loved ones too soon--we are not allowed to mourn because it`s a reminder of our own mortality.
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Female 111
The guy looking at me through the window creeps me out the most.
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Male 2
rather tender, i thought.
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Female 11
Thank God for comments. Thanks to you all, I`m NOT looking at this picture.
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Female 59
I looked at both pages before I read the comments and wasn`t freaked out, after reading them I`m gonna have to sleep with the light on tonight, thanks guys! :-P
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Female 10
I find this kind of stuff interesting. I am weird like that. Yes, the one with the kid looking out the window scared the sh*t out of me. But the one with the baby "shocked" face was amazing...just amazing that he/she looked so alive. His/Her parents must have treasured that picture for the rest of their lives!
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Female 2
[quote]On 10/30/2006 12:50:09 AM R_U_Kidding wrote: Oh, swell; I just HAD to check out the one with the kid looking out the window (AT THE CAMERA!!!)[/quote]

Yea, that pic scared tha hell outta me. It`s like tha people who set him up like that INTENDED to freak everybody out! Damn...

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Female 2
Would someone please look at the one where the Black live twin is standing behind his dead twin laid on the couch. The expression on his face is clearly disturbing. Hell, I was disturbed. :-|
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Female 20
Yes I agree with desie. There is nothing scary about death, humans are just to weak to accept it. It can actaully be quite wonderful
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Female 2,244
That`s creepy but cool
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Female 576
actually ive got pictures of dead relatives from only like 20-30 years ago.. ive seen a picture of my uncle in a casket since i was a small child that might be why this stuff doesnt seem creepy to me.. or maybe its just because its really not creepy at all..
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Female 576
oddly enough, i think most of the pics are beautiful.. maybe im just a bit strange, but most of the people/babies look like theyre just sleeping peacefully. none of them look `scary` except maybe the woman who looks a bit like a vampire. (her teeth were scary & her eyes were kind of bugged out)
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Female 690
The ones with their eyes open are hypnotizing,they just keep staring, especially the kid staring out the window.
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Male 68
Nope, I`m done with these.
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Female 144
That was interesting. It wasn`t too creepy. I mean, it`s just bodies...
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Female 406
kinda cool...kinda creepy...
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Female 413
It`s sad that there are so many children ... but I guess it`s nothing out of the ordinary. Many children didn`t live past their fifth birthday in Victorian times!
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Male 1,386
what kind of freak poses dead people to take their picture? espicially the babies... poor babies. not that scary, though, just creepy
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Female 193
that really sent a chill down my spine... just they way they were looking at the camera
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Female 339
LOL.. i found one of those pictures really funny.. 2nd colmn at the top in black and white.. its the look on the kids faces, you can tell they`re just looking at the photographer thinking "Dude, how much longer do we have to stand here with this frikkin dead kid?"

I only found one of them freaky.. the one of the toddler with its eyes open in 3rd column *shiver*

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Female 339
"I`m a historical retard :( but can someone explain to me why so many children died then? I`m not being a smartass, I really want to know."

Children are just very vunerable to illness, even nowdays, as they`re immune systems arent fully developed. And much more vunerable those days as the conditions were poorer then, no anti-bacterial wipes and plasters handy if the kids scraped their knee, they didnt have heating and babies need to keep warm, and i dont think vacinations had started then against diseases like meningitis and measles

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Male 374
i didnt find it scary. at all.
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Female 86
I think those babies were just sleeping...
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Female 27
people collect these and most are actually postcards that were made to announce the death to distant family memebers. The baby post mortem are the most popular and expensive for the collectors!
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Male 129
You can see the little kids say, "Mom... The baby is dead, can we go home now.... Please, she doesn`t even care about her photo. Lets get ice cream."
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Female 172
I`m a historical retard :( but can someone explain to me why so many children died then? I`m not being a smartass, I really want to know.
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Male 4,246
Oh, swell; I just HAD to check out the one with the kid looking out the window (AT THE CAMERA!!!)
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Male 1,521
For the love of God; this is more than creepy! It is sick!
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Male 4,246
Brutalnz, maybe the decay was making the corpses puff up.
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Male 95
i cant even look eww
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Male 1,385
Only 3 or 4 of those pics looked like they were dead, the rest the faces were too plump
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Male 6
that is messed up.. lol i come here to not be bored not to be freaked out where i cant sleep!! =P
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Female 166
That`s really odd.

The one with the boy and his dead twin is particularly sad.

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Female 172
*backhands deaf_woman*
NO. DO NOT SAY THAT.
*proceeds to panic and convulse*

The baby pictures were the saddest. They don`t even look dead. Just sleeping.

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Female 49
there`s something you don`t see everyday
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Female 447
Um...what?

"Okay, mom...now I want you told hold your dead baby up so the camera can see him...and tilt your head to the left a little...okay, there. Say `cheese`!"

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Female 17
omg. its not so much freaky as it is heartbreaking. i cant imagine how that would feel. i think it only freaks people out because the pictures are so old, not because the people are dead. i mean, all you have to do is look at any photo from this age, and youll get shivers. but, the baby ones and the teenage ones were the most heartbreaking for me. it would just hurt so much to lose someone and poo. idk. ugh. but i like this, its kind of like a memorial almost.
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Female 797
And deaf_woman, lol. (Sorry for the double post)
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Female 797
Right now I`m not frightened. But when I go to bed I will.
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Female 19
wow, after reading all the comments, i couldn`t even bring myself to look at the pics.

thanx a lot guys. geez. lol

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Male 2,720
Dude, one of them just moved.
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Female 222
Beautiful though slightly ah... unnerving; I`ve heard of this but never seen the pictures before. During the victorian times when people would take pictures/portraits of their deceaced loved ones ;-\
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Female 84
Etlie, its called The Others.

Anyways, I can completely understand this tradition. Id probably even partake in it, were I in that time period. However, this should have been a rule :

Never take pictures of dead people WITH THEIR EYES OPEN.

its wrong. Creepy. Whatever.

Anyways, I actually liked the last on in the first coloumn on the first page -- she looks so peaceful.

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Male 48
they had pictures of dead people in the movie with nicole kidman
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Male 608
Sad, yes, creepy, not at all.
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Female 857
The startled baby didn`t freak me out to much, but the kid looking out the window... that scares me.
I`m gonna google more!
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Female 159
Oh my goodness... Looked at like three of them and stopped right after I saw the one with the kid looking out the window, really creeped me out...
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Female 152
The one with the kid looking out the window is absolutely terrifying along with the started baby. Blech.
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Female 342
Guuyyys!!!! That pic isnt even scary ahah I laughed, sorry lol
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Female 342
what one is the pic with the startled baby? sorry i love to freak myself out, even though im probably gonna be so scared tonight when im thinking of it aha
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Female 15
That picture with the kid on the red sofa and his brother (page 2, 3rd column, 2nd down)is soo sad. Just look at the brother`s face... he looks so confused/hurt.
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Male 1,011
I totally understand the babies. The family will never have any real memories with them other than there deaths, so being able to see them and stuff would probably be good for them.
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Male 84
Hey, um. Why?!
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Male 269
very progressive back then, glad to see were learning
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Female 155
The worst is where the kid`s looking out the window...
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Female 155
Made my stomach hurt...
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Female 1,007
None of these really freaked me out, but I still think it`s weird... wouldn`t it smell?...
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Female 338
This reminds me of "The Others"
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Female 302
I totally understand people who take picture of dead relative. Absolutly. I worked for 4 years in a hospital reserved to those who gonna die.

I went to so many funeral... I saw so many heart broken moments... I think some people will say it was "creepy" but I think its normal to still want a souvenir of the person.

And back in time, like many say, it was expensive to take a picture. Once in a lifetime. I understand the mother taking picture of the dead baby... I understand it very very very much... You carried that baby, waited for it, it was such a nice event when the baby was there... and now he/she is gone... Its very hard...

But its amaze me... anyone who have see a dead body know that its actually start to stink in a very few hrs... and unless you send it to the morgue... well its nasty... 9 days... i just can imagine the smell of rotten flesh >.<

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Female 1,572
interesting....
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Female 583
irred,i was freaked out by the kid looking out the window too.im definitely not looking at that `shocked` kid after reading these comments.
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Female 83
`misscutieroo` the picture of that kid is just DOWNRIght f99king weird !! but its up to u if u want to see it ..page 2, 3rd column, 6th from top// thats just way way too freaky for me !!! very very disturbing to say the least !!!! ``upchucks on the keyboard``
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Female 77
Omg, so sad.
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Female 1,944
wheres the "shocked" baby?
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Female 4,447
Somewhere, I think my sister might have it, we have a picture of some forgotten relative in their coffin. The picture always creeped me out, with an odd sense of curiousity thrown in. I can understand the reasoning one might have for taking pictures of their dead, back then, that is. It`s so easy for us to take pictures now that the chances of forgetting anyone are pretty freaking slim. Just, try not to think of it as creepy, even though it really kind of is. These were some peoples only reminders of loves lost.
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Female 192
they didn`t scare me...I just feel sad for all those babies and parents and siblings. to the person who said they wouldn`t be able to touch a dead person...I used to think like that, but now I have 2 kids...ages 3, and 2, and if either of them died, you`d have to pry them away from me. I`d just be holding onto them as long as I could before I couldn`t anymore...ever. I need a good cry now...
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Female 695
i wasn`t really creeped out by these except for one
on page 2 in the first column fourth from the top, it`s a picture of a kid looking out the window and i don`t know why i find it creepy
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Female 879
The one with the two parents and the little baby wasn`t scary, just very very sad....poor mother
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Female 172
The shocked baby, am I the only one who does NOT think it looks scary? I honestly think that looks like a photoshop because of the position of the head combined with the clearness of the face as well as it`s disproportion to the body.
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Male 2,600
The dead are at peace and the living ill-at-ease because they do not understand they should be happy for the lost. How typical and arrogant of the living.
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Female 101
after posting above. i looked at the picture of the baby whos ``shocked`` and this is a true story. A ladys husband died sitting up with an angry look on his face. it was his medication apparently.
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Female 101
its sad. but it seems kinda nice that people wanna remember their family in such an obscure way. because, even if the picture is disturbing it may hold some sort of sentimental value in the family. i hope it does anyway..
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Female 799
Apparently taking photos of family after they die was very common back then, my mum was telling me about it a few years ago.
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Female 572
Isn`t this like the thing in the film `the others` ?
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Male 66
Cool pics! i always liked to see dead people...In pictures, not in a Osment kind of way...
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Female 106
just a little creepy....only a little tho
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Female 340
there were some really disturbing pictures on there. The ones where their eyes are open...creepy And I should of listened to you all and just pass by the little kid with that expression on it`s face. OMG.
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Male 35
God.. the twins on page 1.. god damn..
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Female 3,001
was everyone in every piccy dead?? =/...
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Female 131
God, just tried playing purgatorium and now this..
I`m freaked out now.
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Male 2,216
BabiiGirl, you probably wouldnt be "freaked" or think "eww" about a dead person if it was someone you loved so much, with all your heart, that you wanted one final photo with them.
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Female 8
i get freaked out seeing dead fish
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Female 441
Who makes a site with dead people anyways!!???!!????!!!
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Female 8
wtf??
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Female 441
I feel really bad for the people who had to stand thier next to thier dead relative.I really felt bad for the kids who had to be near thier dead siblings.I also felt bad for the mothers and thier dead babies.I couldnt do it i would be to freaked to touch a dead person.ewww!!Some of the pics really freaked me out!!the one withe the boy standing behind his dead brother frekad me out and the one with the creepy little baby!!!!
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Female 52
ok, i`m traumatised for life by that kid in a chair (page 2, 3rd column, 6th from top) what`s with the hands? THAT STARE? ma....
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Male 2,057
why is this on here?
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Female 1,158
That..is..............so weird.
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Female 429
last post now lol i promise :P

the one with the two pics on page 1
the girl that looked about 14 with a baby

that sent shivers down my spine :[

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Female 583
there is so many kids |-(
the open eye pictures freaked me out so bad i had to click out.too creepy.
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Female 429
oh good lord
im listening to the new MCR album
and the hidden track came on just as i clicked on a pic
that scared me so much x_x
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Male 67
has who saw the 1 where a girl is holding a baby and she was lookin at u i kept thinkin she was behind me so freaky
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Female 429
DO NOT take a closer look at that startled-looking baby!!! I don`t think I`ll be getting much sleep tonight...
Then there`s Ms. Jeanette Glockmeyer, whose picture was taken nine days after her death. She`s just standing there, holding a book as if waiting to start reading it again.
*shivers* brrr.....

xx

HOLY poo WHY DIDNT I LISTEN!?
*cries*
that has been branded into my mind
and i dont like it >.<

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Female 38
Man, one of the little boys on the first page is going bad. Look at the black coloring on the lips...
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Female 718
they used to do it because they thought it would preserve their souls. at least thats what it said in the others
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Male 1,354
whoa. Gothic.
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Female 148
when i was looking at the pics, i kept feeling like something was behind me o_O x
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Male 3,014
Nah, not my thing.
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Female 122
The ones of the babies and children just made me sad...
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Male 4,431
Strange custom, but, I guess I understand it. Doesn`t mean I`m going to do it--like has been said above, we can and do take so many photos and videos these days that there`s no need to get just one last shot before burial or cremation or whatever.
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Male 74
That is creepy.
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Female 408
Yes, it`s oddly sad, but I think it`s a good thing the dead were remembered.
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Female 22
Wow. It was creepy, sad, and oddly fascinating. It`s funny how each generation has practices that become so weird and outrageous in later years. I freaked at the open eye pictures. Whoooa! I feel haunted now. I love being scared. I don`t know why.
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Female 91
and... its just strange how people posed with the kids, and like that one lady was HOLDING that baby... think how weird... ok i`m done talking about this now :P
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Female 91
wow. i just couldnt really look at them all. all those deceased babies :( thats sooo sad!!
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Female 263
That lady in the 2rd row across, 6 down.... scared the crap outta me. That sent shivers down my spine... hmm
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Male 4,246
DO NOT take a closer look at that startled-looking baby!!! I don`t think I`ll be getting much sleep tonight...
Then there`s Ms. Jeanette Glockmeyer, whose picture was taken nine days after her death. She`s just standing there, holding a book as if waiting to start reading it again.

*shivers* brrr.....

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Female 179
Yeah I guess when a picture is that expensive, you don`t really fork over the money for one until someone dies and you want to remember their face forever.
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Male 724
What people dont realise, is that at one point ... Taking a photograph of someone was a once in a life time experince, it was EXPENSIVE!

Not like now that for $5 we can get a disposable 30 shot camera. Back then it was $5,000 to get A picture!

My grandparents once told me that when their uncle died, the entire family pitched money to have his picture taken, they suited him up, proped him up, and took a picture as if he was just sitting in a chair with a suit on and his eyes closed.

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Male 2,216
Sometimes when someone`s heartbroken it really shows.
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Male 1,371
yes creepy, but buddy, you don`t ussually post this type of stuff.
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Male 10,115
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