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Date: 12/07/09 12:01 PM

47 Responses to Unsettling Old Photos of the `Living` Dead

  1. Profile photo of a1butcher
    a1butcher Male 40-49
    4809 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 3:20 am
    Link: Unsettling Old Photos of the `Living` Dead - Creepy? Yes, but back in the day, this kind of grim portrait was pretty common.
  2. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
    7462 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 12:46 pm
    that is so f*cking creepy
  3. Profile photo of bobhub600
    bobhub600 Male 13-17
    964 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm
    They don`t make photos like they used to!
  4. Profile photo of savoytuffle
    savoytuffle Female 18-29
    74 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 1:02 pm
    that`s pretty weird... I must say
  5. Profile photo of madduck
    madduck Female 50-59
    7552 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 1:10 pm
    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.
  6. Profile photo of MetalicDemon
    MetalicDemon Male 18-29
    1485 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 1:21 pm
    thats just odd
  7. Profile photo of SilentFray
    SilentFray Female 18-29
    678 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 1:24 pm
  8. Profile photo of BABY_BEAR
    BABY_BEAR Female 18-29
    1395 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 1:25 pm
    Thats so sad.
  9. Profile photo of GVP
    GVP Female 18-29
    507 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 1:30 pm
    I`d say to make one of those of me in my will and leave instructions to have motion sensor eyes installed. I should.
  10. Profile photo of canusuck
    canusuck Male 30-39
    789 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 1:40 pm
    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.
  11. Profile photo of cynicalli
    cynicalli Female 30-39
    163 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 1:51 pm
    Omg that`s the coolest thing I have ever seen.
  12. Profile photo of DaniDrkHrt
    DaniDrkHrt Female 18-29
    212 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 1:58 pm
    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. has a wonderful archive of Victorian Momento Mori.
  13. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25420 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 2:08 pm
    Kinda cool! but creepy!
  14. Profile photo of BORED_92886
    BORED_92886 Male 18-29
    21 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 2:25 pm
    CRAZY! what would your last picture be?

  15. Profile photo of Shellie84
    Shellie84 Female 18-29
    4197 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 2:41 pm
    "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?

  16. Profile photo of Lonley_girl
    Lonley_girl Female 13-17
    138 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 2:44 pm
    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
  17. Profile photo of heartx3jess
    heartx3jess Female 18-29
    1578 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 2:53 pm
    i KNEW i shouldn`t have looked at that. but i cant help it.
  18. Profile photo of popo38
    popo38 Female 13-17
    335 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 3:51 pm
    doesn`t phase me
  19. Profile photo of fnkychkn
    fnkychkn Female 40-49
    855 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 3:57 pm
    They used to stands on living people too, because the exposure time could be a few minutes. Dead pics are cool.
  20. Profile photo of GuardinGnome
    GuardinGnome Male 18-29
    2893 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 4:24 pm
    Meh............ Kinda cool.
  21. Profile photo of luvsushi
    luvsushi Female 18-29
    169 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 5:25 pm
    *shudder* that was too weird for me...i couldnt get through it....i agree heart3jess...
  22. Profile photo of pui
    pui Female 18-29
    3574 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 5:48 pm
    Back then, people were obsessed with death in a similar way to how our society is so obsessed with sex now.
  23. Profile photo of Boadicea
    Boadicea Female 18-29
    1677 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 6:04 pm
    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.

  24. Profile photo of TBirdVBall
    TBirdVBall Female 18-29
    519 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 6:43 pm
    Post-mortem pictures are always weird...but eerily interesting.
  25. Profile photo of Jazzeh
    Jazzeh Female 13-17
    464 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 6:54 pm
    I am not looking at these pictures right before I go to bed, I`m saving these for tomorrow.
  26. Profile photo of agrover
    agrover Female 30-39
    74 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 7:44 pm
    We still do this - there are photography services for stillborn infants
  27. Profile photo of Ani187
    Ani187 Female 30-39
    4448 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 7:47 pm
    So fascinating. I`ve always wanted to collect mourning photos.
  28. Profile photo of Hylian4Hire
    Hylian4Hire Female 18-29
    329 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 7:57 pm
    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.
  29. Profile photo of fillemorte
    fillemorte Female 18-29
    741 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 8:15 pm
    it`s like the others!
  30. Profile photo of kimkio
    kimkio Female 18-29
    877 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 8:37 pm
    Where can i find more? I googled it but i couldn`t find a proper album like this
  31. Profile photo of FadGadget
    FadGadget Male 18-29
    76 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 9:39 pm
    that`s very arousing :)
  32. Profile photo of SilverThread
    SilverThread Male 30-39
    3431 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 10:22 pm
    Creepy as hell.
  33. Profile photo of courtneyshea
    courtneyshea Female 18-29
    46 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 10:35 pm
    should not have looked at this before going to bed ...
  34. Profile photo of Zerro
    Zerro Male 18-29
    628 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 11:26 pm
    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...

  35. Profile photo of froggyhare46
    froggyhare46 Female 18-29
    70 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 11:46 pm
    that was just WAY too creepy for me.
  36. Profile photo of xxPinkxx
    xxPinkxx Female 18-29
    3829 posts
    December 7, 2009 at 11:59 pm
    yep, silverthread. creepy as hell is right.
  37. Profile photo of peglegsam
    peglegsam Female 18-29
    95 posts
    December 8, 2009 at 12:35 am
    omg scary.. i have the shudders right now
  38. Profile photo of magoo22
    magoo22 Male 30-39
    660 posts
    December 8, 2009 at 3:19 am
    @boadicea: Yeah I immediately thought of those movies too.
  39. Profile photo of Johnsoir1
    Johnsoir1 Male 18-29
    26 posts
    December 8, 2009 at 7:38 am
    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.
  40. Profile photo of MAC64
    MAC64 Male 40-49
    101 posts
    December 8, 2009 at 8:13 am
    Pretty fascinating!
  41. Profile photo of purtykitty4u
    purtykitty4u Female 18-29
    10 posts
    December 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm
    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
  42. Profile photo of redbozo23
    redbozo23 Male 18-29
    27 posts
    December 8, 2009 at 2:49 pm
    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.
  43. Profile photo of buttersisluv
    buttersisluv Female 18-29
    362 posts
    December 8, 2009 at 3:37 pm
    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:

  44. Profile photo of SmilinSam
    SmilinSam Female 18-29
    3599 posts
    December 8, 2009 at 7:47 pm
    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.
  45. Profile photo of MAC64
    MAC64 Male 40-49
    101 posts
    December 9, 2009 at 9:58 am
    Great photo, buttersisluv. Thanks for the link.
  46. Profile photo of BunnyNaku
    BunnyNaku Female 18-29
    5224 posts
    December 10, 2009 at 9:58 am
    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
  47. Profile photo of Adie22
    Adie22 Female 18-29
    182 posts
    December 11, 2009 at 9:34 am
    I need a hug. NOW.

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