Post-mortem photography began in 1839 in the Victorian Era. It was created as a memorial for families of their loved ones, as their post-mortem photos may have been their only ones. The girl on the left of this photo is dead.
Oh wow, now someone’s actually claiming the OTHER girl in this photo is dead. Normally they say the girl on the right is the dead one.
Victorians were notorious for being death obsessed. It’s estimated that about 95% of all photos taken before 1930 are of dead people. One of the most common ways to take photos of dead people back then was to actually saw the head off and set the neck stump into a specially fitted posed mannequin, so that it would look like the deceased was posed naturally.
Post mortem photography became so popular back then that families would actually hire trained murderers to kill a family member that they thought would look very nice in a post-mortem photo, because a particularly well shot photo of a young deceased family member was the envy of all the neighbors. Whole towns in both England and middle America were wiped out from neighbors trying to one up each other with their tragic photo collection.
This fascination with post mortem photography existed well into the era of silent films. So much that the first several decades of film, all the actors were actually corpses moved on elaborate wooden frames and controlled by strings. Charlie Chaplin was actually a dummy head on a number of different corpse bodies. This fad started to fade out sometime in the 40’s, after much difficulty attempting to sync up off-screen actors voices with the puppet corpses on camera. However, a few famous movies had at least one or two corpse actors in them up until the 70s. Gone With The Wind and the first James Bond movie are probably the most famous modern movies with corpse puppet for actors, however by then the actors were usually delegated to a much smaller part.
These facts are just as true as the comment written under this picture.
look at the guy in the bottom gif
its like his soul has finally come back to its body
I was going to reblog this anyway because it was funny enough on its own
but that guy