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Post mortem

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Hair Jewelry, Post Mortem Photographs and iPhones - A Lineage Of Haunting & Desire

BY LIZ VON KLEMPERER To love someone is to want to give them your body. To love someone is to want to be given their body. No one illustrates this point more grotesquely and tenderly than The Victorians, who bundled the hair of their lovers and wove it into jewelry. Men, for e

The girl who is standing in the photo is the one who is dead. This is a classic example of photographic art. Notice the hands.   For people wondering how the corpse is standing up, there is a posing stand supporting the body it’s very hard to see but the stand is supporting the neck, arms and back.

In the nineteenth century, a morbid and curious custom has spread to various parts of the world: the photos were ”Post Mortem”. ”Post Mortem” comes from Latin, meaning after death. The...

Dead Creepy: Family portraits with deceased relatives

Whenever a relative died when I was a child, we would gather around their body, sometimes laid out on a table, a coffin or slowly cooling under the bed sheets, and say five decades of the rosary for the repose of their soul. I attended at least half a dozen funerals before I was twelve: my father’s side of the family were descended from fertile Irish-Scottish Catholics. The dead always looked more peaceful before they were wheeled off to a funeral home, where make-up was applied, cheeks…

Edwardian Era

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Elderly Woman in Final Sleep, 1/9th-Plate Post-Mortem Ambrotype, Circa 1860 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

We see the still, worn body of old lady, prepared for burial by her family and laid out, most likely, upon her own bed. This photograph may have been both her first and her last. She was probably a child in the 1790s and a young wife and mother when Jane Austen wrote her literary oeuvre. It’s easy to imagine her in her prime, her story unfolding during the waning of one century and the child years of another. By the time this post-mortem image was taken, the patterns of life had been…

Historical Indulgences

"Until the handkerchief of history covers us with its Times New Roman black and white post...