The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem PhotographyS

After the invention of daguerrotype, the memorializing habits of people have changed: they've chosen the cheap, higher quality photographs instead of expensive and not so lifelike paintings. Painting dead people was common for centuries, so it's no surprise that, in the Victorian Era, post-mortem photos also came into fashion. Here are some of the strangest ones.

Infants and children

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

Because of the high childhood and infant mortality rate, this was a significant way to memorializing lost family members. In some cases, this was the only photograph that depicted the entire family together.

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem PhotographyS

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem PhotographyS

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem PhotographyS

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem PhotographyS

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem PhotographyS

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

Family portraits

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem PhotographyS

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem PhotographyS

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem PhotographyS

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem PhotographyS

Serious illnesses (left: Down syndrome)

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem PhotographyS

Adults

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem PhotographyS

King Ludwig II of Bavaria – the true Wagnerian hero.

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem PhotographyS

The enbalmed body of John O'Connor, a recluse from Nebraska, two and a half years after his death (Feb. 1916):

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

With coffin

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography

But how do these bodies stand?

The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem PhotographyS

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