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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.

This “fashion” slowly died out in the early 20th Century as cameras became more commonplace and so a picture taken after death seemed less important.

Victorian Death Photos - Momento Mori - Girl 2

Victorian Death Photos - Momento Mori - Family

Victorian Death Photos - Momento Mori - Daughter 2

It’s a pretty dark art, but it’s got some beauty to it. You’re not likely to hang one on your wall, but at the same time you can’t deny there’s some pretty full-on emotion in them.

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