If you’re lucky enough to have a few enthusiastic Facebook friends you’ve probably seen it all: breakfast photos, lunch photos, dinner photos, everything-you-eat-in-between-photos, pictures of cars, pets, and – let’s not forget – babies. Tons of babies. Because of smart phones and social media we share everything. Well, almost everything. One thing that was very common to share decades ago is now a bit of a taboo: post-mortem photo’s.
When photography became affordable for the masses in the nineteenth century it became a way of remembering the dead. The mortality rates where high and parents used photography as a way to remember their dead children. The poses on the photos vary: sometimes it’s just the deceased in a coffin or on a bed, sometimes there are flowers and often there are mourning loved ones around the deceased. Due to long exposure time family members had to sit still for minuted next to their deceased family member. Kids can be seen posing with a dead brother or sister, sometimes even a pet.
Nowadays post-mortem photography is still around, but not as much as a century ago. Post-mortem photography moved from a public area into a more private one, something personal to remember a dead loved one by. What’s left of a century ago are thousands of post-mortem photos from which you’ll be able to see a few in this post.
Photo Source: Paul Frecker – Nineteenth Century Photography
More on post-mortem photography: Post-mortem photography @ Wikipedia