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Memento Mori: How Victorian Mourning Photography Immortalised Loved Ones After Death (PICTURES)

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Boy with dead sibling. Victorian post mortem photography may seem strange, but for some families it was their only opportunity to have a memento of their loved one as photography was expensive at the time. Sometimes the dead were posed as if alive and sometimes are of children and babies due to the high death rate among this group at the time.

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These photos bring a whole new meaning to the phrase, "Dead Gorgeous." Post-Mortem photography was highly common during the Victorian Era, as loved ones desired to have photos to remember the deceased by. Sometimes, these photos included both the deceased and the living. Check out the haunting and bizarre images below. Try not to get the creeps.

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Victorian post mortem photography may seem strange, but for some families it was their only opportunity to have a memento of their loved one as photography was expensive at the time. Sometimes the dead were posed as if alive and sometimes are of children and babies due to the high death rate among this group at the time.

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