Beginning in the mid-1800s, post-mortem photography (or memento mori) was a popular way to honor and remember the dead. Most photographs were taken shortly after death, and could look incredibly life-like, especially if the deceased was propped up into a standing position. Post-mortem photos of children were particularly common, perhaps because their mortality rate was high during the Victorian era.
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