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Unknown man and girl, circa 1867. Stand behind the chair supports the deceased child. It looks like she is also holding the tell-tale broken rose, also.

Unknown man and girl, circa 1867. Stand behind the chair supports the deceased child. It looks like she is also holding the tell-tale broken rose, also.

post mortem photography... this poor little girl is propped up and posed for a souvenir for the family...

post mortem photography... this poor little girl is propped up and posed for a souvenir for the family...

Civil war era girls...

Civil war era girls...

Harry & Beatrice Houdini Portrait 1920s 8x10 Reprint Of Old Photo

Harry & Beatrice Houdini Portrait 1920s 8x10 Reprint Of Old Photo

This lovely little girl was alive back when she sat in the hammock with her dolly.   Yes, there is a stand in the background.  It is there to keep the hammock still for the long shutter exposure.

This lovely little girl was alive back when she sat in the hammock with her dolly. Yes, there is a stand in the background. It is there to keep the hammock still for the long shutter exposure.

CONFESSIONS OF A FUNERAL DIRECTOR » 18 Examples of Post-mortem Photography

CONFESSIONS OF A FUNERAL DIRECTOR » 18 Examples of Post-mortem Photography

Lovely details. Look at the scalloped hem.

Lovely details. Look at the scalloped hem.

Unknown Men and Child, Albumen Carte de Visite, circa 1867 by lisby1, via Flickr

Unknown Men and Child, Albumen Carte de Visite, circa 1867 by lisby1, via Flickr

"1860s ... the boy is deceased" NO. Standing post mortems are an urban legend. Stands were used to steady people for long exposure times used in photography at that time. It's impossible to prop up a dead person in this fashion! The stand couldn't hold up that much 'dead weight', the mouth would hang open, and the head and limbs would flop down. Could a person even hold up a dead child and have her look natural? No, and a stand can't do it either!

"1860s ... the boy is deceased" NO. Standing post mortems are an urban legend. Stands were used to steady people for long exposure times used in photography at that time. It's impossible to prop up a dead person in this fashion! The stand couldn't hold up that much 'dead weight', the mouth would hang open, and the head and limbs would flop down. Could a person even hold up a dead child and have her look natural? No, and a stand can't do it either!

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