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Victorian Post-Mortem Photography

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Hits: 76315 | Favorites: 54 | Emailed: 13 | Rating: 3.0 | Category: Weird | Date: 10/29/2006
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Female, 40-49, Western US
 1 Posts
Sunday, December 30, 2007 9:46:47 PM
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.

Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 148 Posts
Sunday, September 2, 2007 12:21:44 PM
The guy looking at me through the window creeps me out the most.

Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 2 Posts
Sunday, August 5, 2007 10:55:43 PM
rather tender, i thought.

Female, 13-17, Eastern US
 11 Posts
Thursday, August 2, 2007 10:45:29 PM
Thank God for comments. Thanks to you all, I'm NOT looking at this picture.

Female, 13-17, Western US
 2190 Posts
Saturday, February 10, 2007 12:36:44 AM
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!

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