Ah, the grotesque and delicate art of posing dead bodies to make them seem almost...ALIVE.
Victorian guides to building stands for the dead have been found in how-to manuals for construction, leading historians to believe that Victorian Post-Mortem photography was a widely accepted tradition. You won’t find this in a modern day funeral home!
Could this possibly get any WEIRDER?
Which sister in this photograph still breathes mortal air?
I bet it took you at least a moment to decide. Without a casket and a massive spread of fragrant funeral flowers it’s sort of hard to tell who’s passed into the world beyond the living, am I right? The secret lies in their eyes…
THEY WERE PAINTED ON OVER THE ORIGINAL EYES. Those aren't contact lenses, folks.
Whoops! Sorry if this (once) lovely lady gave you a scare. I also forgot to mention that Victorian Post-Mortem photographs were taken, sometimes, regardless of the manner of death.