Sunday, June 24, 2012

Victorian Era Post-Mortem Pics

It was not unusual in the Victorian era to take a picture of your loved one after death for loving memory. Sometimes, this was the only picture ever taken of the person.

As well, some people in that era wove the dead person's hair into a memorial piece.


  1. My grandfather had my grandmother's hair (who died in 1937) woven as a pocketwatch 'rope'. I did also found a photo he took at my father's funeral of my dad in the casket. Surrounding the Eastland Disaster, many of thr victims' families took post-mortem pictures.

  2. This is right up my alley! I collect all kinds of Victorian Mourning items. I have a few large hair wreaths, coffin plates,an original dress, hankies, etc. I don't have any post-mortem pics as of yet. I collected all of this stuff long ago even before I had an inkling of going to embalming school. Go figure! Starting up my collection again and adding to it! The sentimentality of the Victorian Era is just beautiful!

    Bandhura (Tara)

  3. As a grieving parent, I can relate to this. For those who have not lost a child can not understand why something like post mortem pictures are so precious and important. I cherish all of the photos I have of my son and wish I had done more when I had the chance.

    Carol (Carol's Creations)

  4. Hello,

    This is an interesting link with postmortem photographs from past to present day: