LIFE

People In The 1800s Did THIS With Dead Bodies

by Giovanna Boldrini

Ah, the grotesque and delicate art of posing dead bodies to make them seem almost...ALIVE.

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?

Why, yes!

Which sister in this photograph still breathes mortal air?

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.

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.