One of the things we've always wanted to write about is the post-mortem photography of the late 1800's; however, we've always balked at it given how sensitive the subject matter and the photos themselves we can be. That said, there are a lot of myths and confusion about the nature of the photography itself, so we thought we should go ahead discuss it! The next few pages hold a few photos and more information about the genre itself.
This is one of the first known post-mortem photos. It depicts a mother and father with their newly-departed daughter in 1848. If you look closely, you'll notice the three vials of medicine on the table beside them that obviously provided no help. Photo from the Burns Collection. Hit the "Next Page" button below to find out more.