1. decayedintelligence:

In the nineteenth century, a morbid and curious custom has spread to various parts of the world: the photos were ”Post Mortem”.
The photos ”Post Mortem” apparently originated in England, when Queen Victoria asked to photograph the corpse of an acquaintance or a relative, so she can keep as a souvenir.Soon after, this idea spread around the world, keeping a morbid reminder of loved ones that have passed on.
The girl who is standing in the photo is the one who is dead.
This is a classic example of photographic art. 




The girl in this picture has her eyes open, but in some cases the photographer will paint pupils on the eye lids to make it seem like they are wide awake.

Since the eyes are the first to begin decomposing, I’d assume this is a very good example of the eyes being painted on rather than her real eyes. 

    decayedintelligence:

    In the nineteenth centurya morbid and curious custom has spread to various parts of the worldthe photos were Post Mortem”.

    The photos Post Mortem” apparently originated in Englandwhen Queen Victoria asked to photograph the corpse of an acquaintance or a relative, so she can keep as a souvenir.
    Soon after, this idea spread around the world, keeping a morbid reminder of loved ones that have passed on.

    The girl who is standing in the photo is the one who is dead.

    This is a classic example of photographic art. 

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    The girl in this picture has her eyes open, but in some cases the photographer will paint pupils on the eye lids to make it seem like they are wide awake.

    Since the eyes are the first to begin decomposing, I’d assume this is a very good example of the eyes being painted on rather than her real eyes. 

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