Compare this Postmortem to all of the falsely labeled girls sitting in chairs. She is propped ip and her hands are placed over the flowers, keeping them in place, but not "holding" them. And she looks, well, dead. (Or at best, asleep)
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“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” ― William Shakespeare, Macbeth
ca. 1861-65, [tintype portrait of A. J. Blue, a heavily armed Union cavalry soldier with three Remington revolvers in his belt] via the Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs
The Truth Behind Victorian Post-Mortem Photography
Both are deceased. Notice the stands by their feet.
Guys gone wild, 1860s style. "Unidentified soldiers in Union uniforms holding cigars in each other's mouths." Ninth-plate tintype, hand-colored. Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, Library of Congress. http://www.shorpy.com/node/15309?size=_original