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ca. 1840-50s. A dramatically lit horizontal postmortem image of a tiny baby placed upon the aproned lap of a black woman, only her hands visible to signify her race. A superb, and cerebral image, that speaks volumes of the complex interrelationships between slaves and masters in the Antebellum south.

[post mortem daguerreotype portrait of a child, cradled in arms of a woman], W. Pratt “ A dramatically lit horizontal post-mortem image of a tiny baby placed upon the aproned lap of.

Memento Mori Photographs | Memento Mori: Victorian Death Photos / Post-mortem photography

Example of an adult being positioned to look "life-like" sitting in a chair. Eyes would be propped open, or the photographer would paint eyes onto the photo.

POIGNANT POST MORTEM CDV  CHILD w OPEN EYES  ID'D  ALAN THORNTON HAIR  CHICAGO

POIGNANT POST MORTEM CDV CHILD w OPEN EYES ID'D ALAN THORNTON HAIR CHICAGO

That shit just doesn’t happen nowadays - have we regressed in terms of accepting death?  Western culture has a certain way of hiding death, when you examine it closely. Viewings have become less frequent and non-existent in some societies and we generally bury the dead (underground out of site - see my train of though here?) This doesn’t seem to out of place until you consider countries like the Philippines and Nepal who hold public cremations where the body is burnt in front of

comacandybones: “ That shit just doesn’t happen nowadays - have we regressed in terms of accepting death? Western culture has a certain way of hiding death, when you examine it closely.