Unsettling Old Photos of the `Living` Dead

Submitted by: a1butcher 7 years ago in Weird
http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/32946

Creepy? Yes, but back in the day, this kind of grim portrait was pretty common.
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Female 182
I need a hug. NOW.
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Female 5,222
i really dont think its creepy at all.. its not like the had a camera at hand back then.. so they took what they could before burrial*sp
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Male 101
Great photo, buttersisluv. Thanks for the link.
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Female 3,598
weird for sure, and definitly creepy to some, but i get to hang out with a real human skeleton from time to time and the dead have never really bothered me.
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Female 362
I`ve seen a photograph of this nature, in which the young, dead daughter was propped up and flanked by her parents.

It was disturbing enough, but the creepiest aspect was that the parents where blurry, but she was absolutely clear; they were moving. She couldn`t.

This is it:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/co...

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Male 27
I don`t know if this was posted yet (it probably was) but photos back in the day cost a ton and people could only afford one photo. I still wonder why they decided to wait until someone died though...
Also, it`s pretty amazing how much things can change in a short amount of time. What was normal back then seems incredibly sick now.
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Female 10
its postmortem photography. back in the day they took pictures with their loved ones to memoralize them. some took locks of hair and made pins out of them or hung it in picture frames. now adays people think its weird/creepy
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Male 101
Pretty fascinating!
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Male 26
These might not actually be pictures of dead people. If you`ve ever or are studying photography, you`ll learn that back when cameras were just coming about, it was unheard of to have a fast enough shutter speed to freeze motion. the slow shutter speeds meant that any movement would be seen. Devices and stands were created to hold people still as not to blur their portraits. The creepy eyes were the same story, if you were to blink too much it would make in look like you had no pupil. The painted on eyes is something new to me though.
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Male 660
@boadicea: Yeah I immediately thought of those movies too.
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Female 94
omg scary.. i have the shudders right now
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Female 3,828
yep, silverthread. creepy as hell is right.
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Female 70
that was just WAY too creepy for me.
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Male 626
It`s very interesting how we view this as taboo and yet it was completely normal for these people.

I can`t imagine having a picture of a dead relative hanging in my house 24/7...

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Female 46
should not have looked at this before going to bed ...
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Male 3,431
Creepy as hell.
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Male 76
that`s very arousing :)
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Female 877
Where can i find more? I googled it but i couldn`t find a proper album like this
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Female 741
it`s like the others!
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Female 328
Trust me, these kinds of pics are even more intense if one of your friends ends up in one of them. Probably one of the greatest "no bueno" moments of my life.
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Female 4,447
So fascinating. I`ve always wanted to collect mourning photos.
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Female 74
We still do this - there are photography services for stillborn infants
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Female 464
I am not looking at these pictures right before I go to bed, I`m saving these for tomorrow.
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Female 519
Post-mortem pictures are always weird...but eerily interesting.
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Female 1,677
I`ve read that they did that since photography wasn`t as rampant (maybe expensive or hard to get at too?) back then, so the death of a loved one was really the only time it was possible to get a photo. Plus I`ve seen this in The Others and that stupid Connecticut movie.

I`d be creeped out if it I looked at this later though.

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Female 3,574
Back then, people were obsessed with death in a similar way to how our society is so obsessed with sex now.
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Female 169
*shudder* that was too weird for me...i couldnt get through it....i agree heart3jess...
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Male 2,893
Meh............ Kinda cool.
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Female 855
They used to stands on living people too, because the exposure time could be a few minutes. Dead pics are cool.
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Female 335
doesn`t phase me
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Female 1,578
i KNEW i shouldn`t have looked at that. but i cant help it.
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Female 138
in my last pic i would be doin someting cool like surfing or playin guitar or something lol... as long as no one get death all over my fender
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Female 4,197
"CRAZY! what would your last picture be?"

That makes me think, do they get to choose their own positions in their wills before they die? Do family members choose how they are portrayed or is it the photographers decision?

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Male 21
CRAZY! what would your last picture be?

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Male 25,417
Kinda cool! but creepy!
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Female 212
I find these kinds of photos fascinating and very moving. So many children died unexpectedly during that era, that this was often a families only portrait of their loved one. Thanatos.net has a wonderful archive of Victorian Momento Mori.
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Female 163
Omg that`s the coolest thing I have ever seen.
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Male 808
Mudduck-you are right. In our society we always display the happy pictures of life but neglect the real moments that change/impact one`s life. I recently experienced the death of a younger brother this year-I took a picture of him in his casket knowing it would be the last time I ever saw him-The scrap book of life needs the bad with the good even if it is only for your own viewing.
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Female 507
I`d say to make one of those of me in my will and leave instructions to have motion sensor eyes installed. I should.
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Female 1,395
Thats so sad.
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Female 678
That`s.....strange...
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Male 1,485
thats just odd
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Female 8,007
I can see why this would be appealing, photos were not quick or easy, so a momento of a lost child would be precious. I find it rather touching, not creepy.
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Female 74
that`s pretty weird... I must say
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Male 964
They don`t make photos like they used to!
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Male 7,817
that is so f*cking creepy
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Male 4,807
Link: Unsettling Old Photos of the `Living` Dead [Rate Link] - Creepy? Yes, but back in the day, this kind of grim portrait was pretty common.
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