4 Responses to Young boy sitting, post mortem

  1. Damama says:

    Awww, I wonder how he died, he looks so healthy. Looks like he has his fingers crossed :)

  2. denise ranger says:

    Sadly, his fingers are not crossed, but are the result of a birth defect.

  3. Venus Fortuna says:

    hello, I have a question…. why do they pose their dead?

    • Violet says:

      Hi, sorry for not replying sooner – I’ve been away for a couple of days.

      The short answer is that photography was in its very early stages and was too expensive and complicated to be used on a regular basis by ‘ordinary’ people. So loved ones often died without the family having any pictures to remember them by (especially children, as the infant mortality rate was very high back then).

      Thus began the habit of dressing the deceased up to look as alive as possible in order to take one last (expensive) precious photograph. You’ll often see a lot of flowers in these photos, which were used to mask the inevitable scent of decay in the days before chill rooms and funeral parlours.

      This is a very short precis of the reasons behind it – you can read more here

      Hope that helps! Violet

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