Tag Archives: post mortem photography

Young girl, post mortem / memento mori

victorian post mortem photography skull illusion girl headdress chair

Quite often with these posed post mortem photographs it’s hard to be absolutely sure whether the subject is actually deceased or not. Unfortunately I don’t think there’s much question in this case, poor lamb.

Image found on Pinterest [now a dead link - sorry!]

¨¨°º©©º°¨¨

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE SKULL’S FACEBOOK PAGE

Posted in children, memento mori, photography, Pinterest, post mortem, post mortem photography, Victorian, vintage | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Family with father, post mortem

victorian post mortem photography skull illusion pinterest family father coffin

Looking at this post mortem photograph I can’t help but wonder what happened to that family after the father died, given the young age of the children and the lack of welfare support that would have been available.

Photo found on Eve Black’s very excellent ‘Memento Mori – Victorian Death Photos’ pinboard.

¨¨°º©©º°¨¨

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE SKULL’S FACEBOOK PAGE

Posted in memento mori, Pinterest, post mortem photography, Victorian, vintage | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

New post mortem / memento mori photo – young girl, Penn State

victorian post mortem photography skull illusion young girl penn state

 

This pretty little post mortem photograph (which is actually a daguerrotype) comes from the Henisch Collection of Penn State Library. At first glance I thought it was mis-labelled – she looks quite lifelike.

But if you zoom in on the image it’s possible to see that the little girl’s eyes have been tampered with after processing, so I’m happy to go with it being ‘post mortem’.

The library have added the following information:

(American)
Post-mortem of a little girl, late 1840s
Daguerreotype
1/6 plate
Hand-tinted.

You can find the original image here

¨¨°º©©º°¨¨

Posted in americana, children, dageuerrotype, memento mori, post mortem, post mortem photography, Victorian | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Modern post mortem photography – gallery

graveyard post mortem photography skull illusion

Apologies if you have come to this page expecting photographs. The images that were included later turned out to be fakes and were removed.

Plenty of genuine images can be found elsewhere on the site -

Click for adult post mortem gallery

Click for child post mortem gallery

¨¨°º©©º°¨¨

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE SKULL’S FACEBOOK PAGE

Posted in memento mori, modern post mortem photography, reader contributions | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Down, boy! Terrier dog, post mortem

victorian post mortem photography dogs terrier cushion chair taphophilia

We’ve had animals on the Skull before, of course. In fact I’m thinking of making a new gallery just for post mortem pics of deceased pets. But isn’t this chap just the handsomest? I love how he’s been posed with just as much thought and care as the Victorians gave to their two-legged loved ones.

The credit on the photo is for ‘John Burton & Sons’ – a family firm from Birmingham, England who were famous for having Queen Victoria as a patron. This little chap must have been very well loved for his owners to ask such an upmarket firm to take his portrait, as theirs was unlikely to have been a cheap service.

Photograph submitted by previous Skull contributor Nicola Carpenter – read her article on taphophilia here

¨°º©©º°¨¨

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE SKULL’S FACEBOOK PAGE

Posted in animals, memento mori, pets, photography, post mortem photography, rowwwrrr..., Victorian | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

post mortem girl – with faked eyes?

victorian-post-mortem-photography-skull-illusion-girl-false-eyes

I found this post mortem photo on a German website which is well worth a look if you’re prepared to do some translating. My rough interpretation of the original poster’s comments (excuse my very basic German – I’ve checked it through a translating tool as well, but it might still be slightly incorrect) -

 ”PM little girl, I think with painted eyes, glass eyes? I don’t like it, it’s not lifelike…it’s disturbing…”

It’s certainly very disconcerting to look at. It was fairly common for photographers to ‘dot in’ the eyes after the picture was developed, to give a sense of life. Obviously some photos were more successful than others.

¨¨°º©©º°¨¨

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE SKULL’S FACEBOOK PAGE

Posted in children, memento mori, photography, post mortem, post mortem photography, Victorian | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

post mortem or not post mortem, that is the question…

victorian post mortem photography skull illusion girl nine days dead

Otherwise known as a ‘Dead or Not?’…

This supposedly post mortem photograph bears the inscription ‘Taken 9 Days After Death – Mother could not part with only daughter – Miss Jeanette GlocKmeyer Daughter whose above photo was taken 9 days after death’ (sic).

I’m dubious – firstly, nine days after death? Even in perfect conditions I would imagine that considerable biological changes would have been making themselves visible by that point. Secondly – anybody can write anything on a photograph and we have no way of checking its veracity. Just because the writing’s there and looks old doesn’t mean that it is contemporary to the actual photograph.

So, what do you think – dead or not?

Image belongs to either Paul Frecker or the Thanatos archive – I’ll try to find out which one.

¨¨°º©©º°¨¨

Posted in americana, dead or not, memento mori, post mortem, post mortem photography, Victorian | Tagged , , | 14 Comments

post mortem young boy – ‘Victorian Photoshop’

victorian post mortem photography skull illusion children photoshop boy

Another example of early photo-editing of post mortem pictures. This photo is from the Flickr member Gijsha, who says -

This boy named Herre died in 1873 at the age of two years and a half. The photo was found in his father’s diary, which mentions the following: “We had one portrait made in his bed after he died by Ephraim. Later he put the head on a portrait of his child, wearing Herre’s clothes, which became quite good”. A very unusual example of early photoshopping avant la lettre!

Thanks to Ranjeet for sending me the link.
¨¨°º©©º°¨¨
Posted in americana, children, memento mori, post mortem, post mortem photography, Victorian | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Dead Famous – Elvis Presley

elvis dead coffin post mortem skull illusion

What surprises me the most about this simple and rather grainy post mortem picture of Elvis Presley  is just how young he looks. I was only a small child when he died but I already knew him as the bloated Vegas crooner that he had sadly become.

How bizarre then that, photographed in his open casket, he appears less like the overweight, drug-addled man in the famous white jumpsuit and more the attractive young actor he had been years previously.

elvis presley dead coffin post mortem skull illusion

elvis presley alive dead coffin post mortem skull illusion
Elvis Aaron Presley. Jan 8, 1935 – Aug 16, 1977

EDITED TO ADD: click here for further discussion on this subject

¨¨°º©©º°¨¨

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE SKULL’S FACEBOOK PAGE

Posted in americana, dead famous, famous, photography, post mortem photography | Tagged , , | 28 Comments