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Victorian Post-Mortem Photography – As Grim As It Sounds

When photography was invented, people wanted lasting memories of their loved ones. Even if they’d just died. Here’s a collection of post-mortem snaps for you.

The photographs of the deceased were often the only photos of the subject, and the Victorians figured that a photo post-mortem was better than no keepsake at all.

Victorian Death Photos - Momento Mori - Boys

Victorian Death Photos - Momento Mori - Baby

Victorian Death Photos - Momento Mori - Baby 2

Well, those pictures won’t have cheered you up at all, but I hope it was an unsettling glimpse into the not-so-distant past that makes you feel slightly more alive than you did before. I’m off for a pint.

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