Photographie post mortem
(4 1/4 x 6 1/2 In) This is an original vintage POST MORTEM cabinet photograph from the 1800s. I believe it shows a dead girl posed in her confirmation dress, a candle in her right hand and a rosary in her left. This one is not immediately recognized as a Post Mortem, the clues are very subtle. The first clue is the fact that she is being held up by a stand placed behind her. Secondly, her hands are almost black, and if you look closely you can see that the arm holding the rosary has been tie...
Post mortem (death portrait) photograph of an army hospital nurse holding a book, possibly a small bible. The revenue stamp on the back dates the image to 1864. Annapolis was the site of one of the largest Union Army Hospitals during the Civil War & at least 5 female nurses died of diseases caught while tending patients there.
A young dancer's postmortem photograph. The lady is dead, and is posed using a metal rod alongside her spine, and her hand is actually strapped to the screen behind her using wire, making it appear as if she is posing by herself.