me45404 6:37pm, 10 August 2014
I don't know about the rest of you, but I find these photos of dead kids very depressing,why would anybody even take such a photo?
Brendan C.H. 4 years ago
In the mid-19th to early 20th century, people often had postmortem photographs taken of their dead loved ones as a means of remembrance. Before photography was commonplace, a postmortem image might be the only portrait a family had of a child who died young. It might seem macabre or morbid to us today, but at a time of rampant child mortality, when death was a regular presence in most households, the practice likely helped many folks cope with unimaginable loss.
ladyinblack1964 3 years ago
Brendan is correct. There is an excellent book on Victorian post-mortem photography, entitlted "Sleeping Beauty." It is haunting, disturbing and I recommend it. This type of photography was a way of showing love and remembrance to the deceased.