This was sent to me by Carole K, a reader in the US. She spotted this image in a collage on the wall of a local antique mall, and has long been intrigued by it.
We both agree that the baby is alive – the eyes are ‘looking’ and the hand is being held up to the face with some level of muscle control – but what about the mother?
My instinct is that Mum is alive – to me, she appears to be looking down affectionately on the baby. But, as Carole rightly points out, this is quite an old photo (the other images in the collage date – as far as can be ascertained – from the early 1900′s) and it wouldn’t have been as normal back then to take pictures of mother and baby straight after birth.
To give some perspective, here’s the pic taken from more of a distance:
So what do we think, people – dead or not?